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Man allegedly punched police officer, had heroin

| Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 4:09 p.m.

A Jeannette man is charged with punching a patrolman several times as police officers attempted to take him into custody on a warrant Friday.

Officers said they unsuccessfully used a Taser on Shandell L. Smith, 30, after he struck Patrolman John Ryan. Smith ran from a Birch Street home and officers caught up with him in a neighboring yard, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Officers again deployed a Taser when Smith refused to enter a patrol car, police said. Smith allegedly tried to kick out a rear window of the car.

Police said 40 stamp bags of heroin fell from Smith's pocket as he was being arrested, according to the affidavit. Police also found marijuana and nearly $2,000 in Smith's possession.

Smith is charged with aggravated assault, possession with intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a small amount of marijuana, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, escape and drug possession.

He is being held in the Westmoreland County Prison on $20,000 bail. A preliminary hearing before District Judge Joseph DeMarchis is scheduled for Sept. 26.

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