RPD: Two related incidents turn physical for officers & EMS workers

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ)- Richmond police say two men tried to assault police officers and EMS workers in two related incidents.

They say it happened Tuesday night when police were called to Robinson Terrace. They say they found 24-year-old Dillon Lynch of Berea unconscious in the passenger seat of a vehicle.

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Officers say when they woke Lynch up, he became combative as officers tried to get him out of the vehicle. They say they had to subdue Lynch. According to investigators, they found marijuana and rolling papers when they searched him.

Lynch reportedly refused medical treatment on the scene. He was taken to the Madison County Detention Center, but was turned away for medical reasons, according to police. Investigators say EMS arrived and was taking Lynch to Baptist Health when he struck a paramedic in the ribs with his knees.

Police say the paramedic was okay. They say Lynch is facing several charges including public intoxication, resisting arrest, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and assault.

While police were at Robinson Terrace, they say they were alerted to a man who had possibly overdosed on drugs and was unconscious in his living room. Police say they revived the man later identified as 23-year-old Clifford C. Barnett. When they asked Barnett to come to the ambulance to be checked out, they say he threw a punch at an officer and EMS worker.

Police say when Barnett was told he was under arrest, he resisted and continued to try to punch first responders. They say they searched him and found a cut straw commonly used for ingesting narcotics.

According to police, Barnett was supposed to be taking care of a one-year-old child when he overdosed. Investigators say the child was placed with another adult.

Investigators say Barnett is facing several charges including attempted assault, resisting arrest, wanton endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.