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Deerfield man claims self defense in officer assault
Stanley West, 40, will go on trial the week of Aug. 5 on three counts of simple assault on a police officer and a single count of resisting arrest.
He is expected to claim during his trial that he was legally justified in protecting his home under the state’s “use of force” law, according to court papers.
West says he was asleep in bed with his wife when a man he did not know — claiming to be a police officer — arrived at his doorstep, according to defense attorney Richard Samdperil.
Prosecutors say that police Officer Roger St. Onge knocked on the front door of West’s home at 97 Old Center Road, but nobody responded.
West told the officer that no one at the home called 911, but St. Onge started to open the screen door and asked if he could enter, according to court records.
West allegedly held St. Onge’s head to the ground with one or both of his hands pushing against the officer’s face.
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