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APACHE JUNCTION — An Apache Junction man was arrested after he allegedly refused to stop interfering with paramedics' attempts to help a patient.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, Edward J. Schumacher, 63, is charged with one count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

At 3:55 p.m. on Oct. 2, paramedics asked Apache Junction Police to help with a call in the 200 block of West Tepee.

When officers moved a coffee table to help paramedics reach the patient, who was lying on a loveseat, Schumacher allegedly started shouting at them and pushing officers away from the table.

Schumacher allegedly refused to follow officers' commands and was escorted to the kitchen. According to reports, he continued to yell at first responders and when an officer turned to respond, Schumacher charged three or four steps as if to hit the officer before he was grabbed by a second officer and moved away.

Schumacher allegedly continued to refuse to follow officers' orders to stop interfering with the treatment of the patient and stop shouting.

He was taken into custody and booked into the county jail.

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Suzanne Adams-Ockrassa is a reporter covering the city of Casa Grande and the surrounding area, as well as Central Arizona College. She can be reached at sadams@pinalcentral.com.

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