LANCASTER - Lancaster police officer and former chief Russell Preston was recently injured when responding to a report of domestic violence on Marksbury Avenue.
Interim Chief Wanda Shelton said Preston is being treated for pulled ligaments around his knee and is expected to see an orthopedic surgeon. "He'll probably be off awhile," she said.
According to the police report, Preston and Officer Tim Royce arrived at the residence of Alberto Gomez just after 10 p.m. Sept. 1 and learned that Gomez had outstanding warrants on him. When officers told Gomez he was under arrest, he allegedly began fighting with them and struck Royce in the chest, according to the report.
Preston tried to assist, when Gomez allegedly struck him in the face. Through the course of fighting, Preston sustained a leg injury, according to the report. Preston was taken to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center. Royce also said in the report that Garrard County Dog Warden Gary Hammonds was allegedly assaulted by Gomez.