2011-02-03 / Local & State

NW Pa. Man Charged In ‘Stun’ Attack On Constable

FRANKLIN, Pa. (AP) – A northwestern Pennsylvania man has been held on charges that he attacked a state constable with a “stun stick’’ and shot at the law man who was driving the suspect to a psychiatric evaluation.

Online court records do not list an attorney for 52- year-old Merton Simons, of Conneautville (KAW’-neeaht vil), who was charged Monday in the incident that happened Jan. 19.

State police in Franklin say Simons attacked Constable Stephen Kolacz with the stun device, prompting the officer to stop his vehicle.

The Erie Times-News says the constable wasn’t shot, but was treated at Meadville Medical Center for other injuries.

It was not immediately clear why Simons was being taken for a psychiatric evaluation.

Return to top