Brigantine Police say a total of four of their officers were assaulted in two separate incidents last Thursday.

Police say the incidents were in two different locations and were about six hours away from each other.

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Here is the information released from the Brigantine Police Department:

At approximately 1:15PM, officers responded to a residence on Lafayette Blvd for a report of a disturbance. During their investigation, Joseph F. Mason III, a 27-year-old from Atlantic City engaged Officers Craver, Blake and Ludy in a physical altercation. Mason punched and kicked at officers and continued to resist arrest causing injuries to all three officers. He was arrested and charged with aggravated assault on police officers, possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal mischief, and resisting arrest.
At approximately 7:50PM, officers responded to the Brigantine Inn located at 1400 Ocean Avenue for another disturbance. Their investigation led to Elisha E. Merritt of Elmira, New York being placed under arrest. While Officer Sprague was escorting Merritt into the rear of his police car, Merritt kicked Officer Sprague in the chest. While in custody, Merritt made threats to officers including the threat that he would strangle Officer Sprague to death. In addition to charges from the original call for service, Merritt was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.
The incidents remain under investigation.





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