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Pennsylvania Officer Thrown Down Embankment, Hospitalized Following Traffic Stop

September 03, 2015  | 

Officer Melissa Ruch (Photo: West Penn Township PD)
Officer Melissa Ruch (Photo: West Penn Township PD)

Pennsylvania State Police in Schuylkill County are searching for the person they believe assaulted a West Penn Township police officer.

Local officials say a female police officer was assaulted after a traffic stop off Route 309 while on duty Wednesday evening on Blue Mountain. State police joined West Penn Township officers, searching for suspects.

Hospital officials at Lehigh Valley at Cedar Crest identified the officer as Sgt. Melissa Ruch.

Ruch was reportedly thrown down the bank during the assault.

"Her shirt is like sliced from--we don't know what it's sliced yet from," Trooper David Boehm told WNEP TV. "The person that we're looking for is a Hispanic male, 6'2" to 6'4", 240 to 260 pounds. He was wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans, the kind that go way down below your knees and possibly in a dark colored Nissan Maxima."

After the assault, witnesses say Ruch was transported to a hospital in a helicopter.

Comments (3)

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Jon Retired LEO @ 9/3/2015 4:33 PM

A very speedy recovery to you Officer Ruch. Thank God you are still alive! The war that our brothers and sisters are encountering is spreading like the plague. Please be careful out there!

Pete @ 9/4/2015 5:42 AM

When there's no leadership at the top there's anarchy. Law enforcement
has to choose between leadership or their unions.

Kojack58 @ 9/4/2015 8:53 AM

Sounds like the Sgt didn't have time to get to her service weapon if had slices on her uniform and tried to create distance but got caught too soon. Hope she recovers fully and you catch the cowardly punk and put him away for a long time.

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