“Career Criminal” Arrested For Battery On Law Officer

Screen shot 2014-03-04 at 12.40.17 PMA man, described as a career criminal by law enforcement officers, was arrested for retail theft, resisting arrest and battery on a law enforcement officer. According to a Madison Police Department report, MPD Cpl. Jeffery Rosenberg was at Winn Dixie investigating a shoplifting complaint. While he was there, he saw the suspect, Tommy Lee Phillips, leaving the store.  As Rosenberg went to apprehend Phillips, he started to resist arrest. Corporal Rosenberg was wrestling with Phillips in front of the store.  Madison Firefighters Matthew Lamendola and Juan Jimenez saw the commotion and came to assist Corporal Rosenberg.  All three men were trying to get Phillips under control. Cpl. Rosenberg was able to get to his Taser and deploy it against Phillips.  Once the Taser made contact, Phillips stopped resisting. He was transported to the Madison County Jail without further incident.  Phillips is a career criminal with a long history of criminal activity.    On Sunday afternoon, MPD Chief Gary Calhoun went to the Fire Station and thanked the firefighters for their assistance.  He will also be writing a letter of commendation to each of them for their efforts.  Cpl. Rosenberg was checked out at the Madison County Hospital Emergency Room due to a possible injury to his hand and shoulder.

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