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Four QPD officers honored for late February efforts

Four QPD officers honored for late February efforts

1 week, 3 days ago by Scott Hardy

Officers named employees of the month for efforts in arresting Robert Sparks February 22nd

Four Quincy Police officers have been recognized for their efforts in catching a Quincy man, now facing Domestic Assault and other charges after a late-February incident.

The Quincy Police Department Thursday named officers Matt Hermsmeier, J.D. Summers, Erin Dusch and Kelsey Lepper as Employees of the Month for April. In a statement, the QPD says that the four were recognized for their actions on February 22nd. Hermsmeier and Summers first investigated a report of a domestic assault that morning. The suspect, Robert Sparks, had fled and allegedly threatened to kill both the victim and himself. Later that morning, Officer Lepper pushed two people out of the way that Sparks was allegedly trying to hit with his vehicle at 17th and Locust . Sparks later allegedly threw a knife at officers in the parking lot of Knapheide Manufacturing before locking himself in his car. The citation says that Officer Hermsmeier broke out a car window with his baton to get Sparks out of his car, after seeing that Sparks had cut his wrist and was bleeding heavily. Hermsmeier also had to use his Taser on Sparks, after he resisted arrest.

Sparks is facing numerous charges in the incident, and is in the Adams County Jail on $1 million bond. He'll go on trial in June.

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