Man faces battery charges after fight with officers

A Bargersville man was tased and arrested after police said he refused to follow officers’ commands and reached for an officer’s gun.

Brendan Holzhausen, 21, was arrested on charges of battery on a public safety official, battery by bodily waste, resisting law enforcement, disorderly conduct, public intoxication and disarming a law enforcement officer.

Police were called to help a man with a large cut on his arm, who had been threatening to harm any emergency workers who responded, an Edinburgh Police Department report said.

Officers found Holzhausen walking near the 100 block of Shelby Avenue. After medics had treated Holzhausen and were helping him get into an ambulance, he said he didn’t want to go to the hospital, the report said.

Holzhausen started walking toward the officers and the officers attempted to restrain him by grabbing his arms. Holzhausen reached for one officer’s gun and ended up knocking the officer to the ground, the report said. Both officers used a Taser on Holzhausen.

Holzhausen, 973 Palomino Place, was arrested and taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital for treatment and then to the Johnson County jail. He was held on $21,600 bond.

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Jacob Tellers is a reporter at the Daily Journal. He can be reached at or 317-736-2702.