Two Rosemount police officers got faces full of pepper spray last month when they tried to arrest a man suspected of larceny and impersonating a police officer.
Police from Sioux Falls, S.D. called Rosemount March 21 and asked local police to arrest Keith Douglas Haskell, 44. The South Dakota department planned to extradite Haskell to Sioux Falls so he could face charges there.
Sioux Falls police warned Rosemount officers Haskell has a history of impersonating police officers and likely had police equipment.
Investigators Henry Cho and Emau Morgan went to Haskell's home on Atrium Avenue at 2 p.m. March 21. According to a complaint filed in the Dakota County Attorney's office Haskell tried to keep the officers from getting into his home, then sprayed them with pepper spray when they tried to push through the door as Haskell tried to close it. Cho was hit directly in both eyes and was incapacitated but Morgan, who was sprayed directly in only one eye, was able to arrest Haskell.
Haskell reportedly told Morgan later he wouldn't have used the pepper spray if he'd known the two were police officers, but according to the complaint Haskell sprayed Cho and Morgan after they identified themselves.
Haskell faces two fourth degree assault charges and charge of prohibited use of tear gas. The assault charges each carry a potential sentence of up to two years and fines of up to $6,000. The tear gas charge has a potential sentence of up to five years and fines of up to $10,000.