Two Marshfield officers injured during confrontation with aggressive suspect

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MARSHFIELD — Two police officers were hospitalized Monday evening after a call for a well-being check escalated into a violent confrontation with a local woman who has a history of violent incidents and is known to conceal weapons.

Marshfield Police were dispatched at approximately 7:43 p.m. on Feb. 19 to check on Gina Martell, 42, at her residence at 875 Ocean Street Apartment #5 after receiving requests concerning her welfare.

Upon arrival, officers, accompanied by an on-duty mental health clinician and with the fire department on standby, encountered Martell exhibiting delusional and paranoid behavior.

After Martell refused entry to the officers and became increasingly aggressive, a clinician deemed her a danger to herself, and paperwork was filed on-site for her hospitalization.

Despite being informed of the need to speak with a mental health professional, Martell attacked the officers with an 8-inch ceramic statue when they entered the apartment.

One officer deployed his taser with little effect before Martell struck him on the head with the statue, causing a severe laceration and heavy bleeding.

Officers eventually subdued the 300-pound Martell, during which two officers sustained injuries.

Both officers were transported by ambulance to a local hospital, with Martell also taken to the hospital for treatment and evaluation.

The officers are expected to make a full recovery, having shown restraint and professionalism during the incident.

Martell did not sustain physical injuries and is charged with assault with intent to murder or maim, two counts of assault and battery on a police officer, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest, disturbing the peace, assault and battery with serious bodily injury, and mayhem.

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