RIPLEY, Ohio — Police caught a man Thursday they said assaulted a Ripley police officer and stole his gun Wednesday night.
Police Officer John Amole approached Ripley resident Kyle Curtis Moore on S. Second St. around 10:50 p.m. Wednesday when he discovered Moore had an active warrant out against him, according to Ripley Police Chief Harvey Bowman.
An altercation ensued between Amole and Moore, Bowman said, in which Amole sustained injuries to the head and face and became incoherent.
Amole will need several surgeries, officials said. His nose was broken in two places and his jaw was broken in three places.
By the time Amole regained his bearings and backup arrived, Moore had fled the scene.
Amole was airlifted from the scene to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment.
Bowman said Amole’s pistol was missing from the scene. Police later recovered it a short distance away.
Police caught Moore at Ohio Valley Manor at about noon Thursday thanks to a tip from a resident.
"Once we got there, we made contact with the male, put him in custody, and he stated he didn't understand why he was being put in custody," Officer Corey Herron said. "He had no recollections of last night's events."
Moore appeared in court via video feed for arraignment Thursday shortly after his arrest on charges of assault, obstructing justice and failing to comply with a police officer's order.
“This is not right," Moore said. "What happened?... I would never hurt an officer of law. Something is not right in my head. There is no way this is reality right now. What is going on now, this is not real."
A judge set Moore's bond at $2 million.