A domestic violence suspect injured in a fight with a Decatur police officer Saturday night was released from the hospital Tuesday morning but promptly went back after he opened his bandages in the city jail and began bleeding, police said.
Brian Rashad Bellman, 37, suffered three broken ribs and a collapsed lung from the struggle that ensued when officer Timothy Pace kicked in the door of Bellman’s apartment at 1601 Sherman St. S.E. and pulled Bellman off a woman he was choking, police said.
Although he refused to cooperate with EMTs who tried to examine him at the scene, Bellman later complained of rib pain at the city jail and was taken to Decatur Morgan Hospital Decatur General Campus, police spokesman Lt. John Crouch said.
“Because of the collapsed lung, they had to put a chest tube in,” Crouch said. “Upon being released, he picked at his bandages until he got the incision bleeding again so he could be put back in the hospital.”
Once jailers caught on to what Bellman was doing, they handcuffed him and called an ambulance.
A hospital spokeswoman confirmed Bellman was a patient Tuesday afternoon but said his condition was undetermined.
“He’ll stay at the hospital, under guard, until he’s bandaged and the bleeding’s stopped, and then he’ll be transported to the Morgan County Jail,” Crouch said.
Investigators arrested Bellman on a charge of second-degree domestic violence by strangulation, a Class B felony, upon his release from the hospital earlier in the day.
Bellman’s bail was set at $5,000, but he also was ordered to be held without bail for violating probation.
Police arrested Bellman in June on charges of possessing cocaine, attempting to elude law enforcement, resisting arrest and public intoxication.
Bellman allegedly was high on cocaine when he assaulted the 43-year-old Huntsville woman, whom he apparently choked into unconsciousness, Crouch said. The victim was taken to Decatur General, where she was treated and released.
Pace kicked in the back door of the apartment after hearing yelling and gagging noises, Crouch said.
Pace pulled Bellman off the woman, who was lying on the floor with Bellman’s arm around her neck, Crouch said.
Bellman attacked Pace and was apparently so high that he kept attacking despite the officer landing several solid blows, Crouch said.
The fight ended when Bellman’s head hit a coffee table, knocking him unconscious, Crouch said.
Pace was not injured.
Neighbor Mary Mitchell said she called 911 after her son told her Bellman was assaulting the woman. Mitchell said she didn’t see most of what happened.
“They kicked the door in — that’s all I know,” she said. “When the police carried Brian out to the car, Brian did walk out there on his own. He hollered at his daddy and said, ‘These police are going to kill me.’ ”
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