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Man flees Muskegon courthouse, deputy seriously injured in effort to catch him

WZZM-TV • Nov 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM

MUSKEGON — A Muskegon County Sheriff's deputy will likely be off duty for months after suffering a significant injury to his ankle while taking a man into custody who fled the Muskegon Hall of Justice building on Monday.

It happened after a man who was at the courthouse to see a relative's court arraignment. Police said Robert Antionio Mathis Jr., 18, disrupted the court hearing and then disregarded the judge's orders before fleeing the courtroom.

Two sheriff's deputies located Mathis inside a car outside the courthouse. He initially refused to unlock the car's doors, but when he did one deputy was partially inside the car attempting to remove Mathis when the two fell to the roadway.

As that happened, the deputy’s foot became stuck and snapped as Mathis fell on top of the officer’s leg.

The deputy underwent emergency surgery for the injury.

Mathis was charged with one count of resisting and opposing a police officer. He remains lodged in the Muskegon County Jail.

Mathis also must serve 14 days in jail on a contempt of court charge for disobeying the judge's orders.

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