A Chester police officer was injured during a Saturday afternoon incident on Spring Street behind Chester National Bank.
Chester Police Chief Ryan Coffey told the Herald Tribune the officer involved is 24-year-old Seth Buch, who was promoted in May from the Chester Police Department's part-time roster to fill a full-time vacancy.
According to a news release from the CPD, Buch responded at 4:07 p.m. to the report of a subject experiencing mental health issues. During the call, police scanner traffic indicated an officer was down with a head injury and a suspect was on top of the officer.
The news release stated Buch was injured while attempting to arrest an unnamed 17-year-old male juvenile. Two other people, 18-year-old Kristy D. Johnson and a 16-year-old male juvenile, were also arrested as a result of the incident.
All three are from Chester.
Johnson and the 16-year-old were arrested for obstructing justice. The 17-year-old was arrested for aggravated battery of a police officer and resisting a peace officer. Johnson was transported to Randolph County Jail, while the two juveniles were placed in juvenile detention.
Coffey told the Herald Tribune police had been in contact with the suspects both Saturday and the night before.
"There were multiple contacts with this same household over the course of last night and today," Coffey said.
Steeleville, Sparta, Red Bud and Chester police departments responded to the scene, as well as the Randolph County Sheriff's Office, Illinois State Police and Chester Fire Department.
"(Buch) has a severe concussion, but is doing well," Coffey said.
ISP trooper Christopher "Joey" Watson told the Herald Tribune the Chester Police Department is the lead agency on the investigation and troopers assisted in securing the scene.
The Herald Tribune witnessed Johnson verbally taunt and swear at officers while being placed under arrest, later requiring full restraints in order to be removed from the scene.
The CFD was paged to set up a landing zone for a medical helicopter at 4:32 p.m. and Buch was flown to St. Louis University Hospital for precautionary reasons.