Shane Edwards

CANTON – Oxford County Sheriff’s Deputy Zane Loper was injured Thursday night while arresting a man accused of scrapping with police who came to talk to him about a custody dispute.

In a written statement, Chief Deputy James Urquhart said deputies were assisting Maine Department of Health and Human Services employees take children into temporary custody at a residence on Turner Street. As officers approached the home, they were confronted by 34-year-old Shane Edwards who became unruly and tried to get into the house. In doing so, he forced the door against Loper’s hand, injuring his finger, and may have broken it.

Once Edwards got inside the house, he fled through a window, according to Urquhart, and was later located at a nearby Dunkin’.

There, Edwards continued to be combative and assaulted Maine State Police troopers who were assisting the Oxford County deputies, according to Urquhart. Edwards was ultimately tazed, detained and arrested on charges of assault, refusing to submit to arrest and obstruction of justice. He was taken to the Oxford County Jail.

According to Urquhart, Loper was examined by rescue crews at the scene and other officers who were injured were treated and released later in the night.

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