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Rivers Casino scuffle sends state trooper to the hospital

Megan Guza

A scuffle Tuesday evening at the Rivers Casino left two state police officers injured and a man in jail accused of assault and heroin possession, according to the criminal complaint filed against the man.

Ryun Mitchell, 23, fought with officers as they arrested him at the casino, police said.

Casino security officers spotted Mitchell taking credit voucher slips from unattended slot machines just after 7 p.m., according to the complaint. Mitchell allegedly told security officers he’s homeless, and security contacted state police to ban him from the casino.

Officers discovered a warrant for Mitchell by Ross police on charges of criminal mischief and discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, according to court records.

As officers — a trooper and a corporal — approached Mitchell to arrest him, he “immediately began to struggle” with the officers, according to the complaint. Investigators said this struggle lasted for seven minutes.

The corporal was taken to the hospital to be checked for broken ribs, according to the complaint. The trooper had a lump on his forehead and scrape on his hand.

Once Mitchell was in custody, police found 14 stamp bags of suspected heroin in his front left pocket, according to the complaint. They found four empty bags in his other pocket.

Mitchell is charged with assaulting an officer, simple assault, resisting arrest, harassment and two drug violations.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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