YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A routine traffic stop on the corner of Connecticut and North Dunlap avenues got heated Friday morning.
Youngstown Police Officer Sean Carfolo stopped Arnold Shiflett for having a shattered windshield and allegedly making an illegal turn. Police say Shiflett lied to Carfolo about his identity, and when Carfolo confronted him, things escalated.
“When asked to get out of the vehicle, Mr. Shiflett got out and attempted to flee, at which time a struggle ensued where Mr. Shiflett struck Officer Carfolo in the face with a closed fist,” said Youngstown Police Lt. Brian Butler.
Carfolo was able to gain control of Shiflett, but he did have minor injuries as a result of the struggle, according to police.
Shiflett was wanted on several warrants for traffic-related charges. He is being charged with assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and other traffic offenses and will be arraigned in Youngstown Municipal Court on Monday.
Lt. Butler said the situation was controlled quickly because of Carfolo’s quick thinking.
“That’s exactly what this is, is split-second judgment,” he said. “The officers rely on training that we provide them, and we do it at least twice a year in training. We analyze our use-of-force statistics and we tailor our in-service training based upon what’s trending from our use-of-force statistics.”
He added that events like those show that not all police encounters end in violence.
“This is a good example of the good job that our officers do in the restraint that they show when faced with using force,” he said. “The end result isn’t always deadly force.”