Officer injured in struggle

By Tom Gresham
Observer staff

A Williston police officer was injured last week when a Burlington man turned combative while in custody.

Williston Officer Jon Marcoux suffered sprains to his right wrist, elbow and shoulder when he struggled with Roy Porta, 22, on Feb. 3 at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Marcoux and Officer Randall Tucker had transported Porta to the hospital for examination.

Marcoux was treated and released from the hospital. He said Friday the injuries were not serious and would not restrict him in his duties.

Porta made a phone call to Williston’s emergency dispatch line at 3:20 p.m. on Feb. 3 from All Cycle on Avenue B, according to Williston Police Chief Ozzie Glidden. Porta claimed people were outside the facility with guns and he thought he had heard shots, Glidden said.

Marcoux and Tucker reported to the scene and found no evidence of anyone who was armed. The officers arrested Porta on a charge of making a false report and took him to Fletcher Allen for evaluation, Glidden said. Porta first resisted officers when they attempted to place him in the back of a police cruiser.

While at Fletcher Allen, Porta again resisted when officers attempted to move him within the hospital, Marcoux said. Initially, he refused to cooperate and then he pushed officers and tried to escape, Marcoux said. Porta was in handcuffs.

Marcoux said he was injured when he and Tucker pulled Porta to the floor in order to control him.

Police charged Porta with two counts of disorderly conduct, one count of making a false report, one count of assaulting a police officer and one count of resisting arrest. He was cited to appear March 7 in Vermont District Court.