An Elizabethtown man is being held in lieu of a $5,000 cash bond in the Har­din County Detention Center after his arrest Friday night for striking an Eliza­bethtown police officer in the head with a cane.

Phillip Matt, 39, was arrested along a Buffalo Lake trail after about an hour of negotiations with police.

According to an arrest citation, Matt threatened to do harm to himself when police arrived and threatened multiple times to disarm officers if they came near him.

When police attempted to take Matt into custody, he pulled his hands away from behind his back and swung the cane, hitting an officer in the head, which caused swelling and pain, according to the arrest report. The officer also suffered a leg injury when officers took Matt to the ground.

As one officer attempted to deploy a stun gun on Matt, he grabbed onto it and attempted to pull it away from an officer. Matt then was taken into custody. The officer who was struck has been off duty since the incident, Elizabethtown Police Department spokesman Chris Denham said Monday afternoon. He’s unsure when she will return to duty.

Matt is charged with second-degree assault of a police officer, a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison, if convicted; disarming a police officer, a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted; as well as menacing, third-degree terroristic threatening and resisting arrest.

He is scheduled to appear Aug. 7 in Hardin District Court.

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What did he do to be approached by police?

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