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Dexter officer injured in assault home from hospital

Kevin Moore (Source: Noreen Hyslop - Dexter Daily Statesman) Kevin Moore (Source: Noreen Hyslop - Dexter Daily Statesman)
Austin Mace (Source: Dexter PD) Austin Mace (Source: Dexter PD)

The Dexter police officer who was seriously injured Monday night trying to break up a fight in a parking lot is home from the hospital.

According to court documents, Patrolman Kevin Moore was responding to a call of a fight in a parking lot around 7:30 Monday night in the McDonald's parking lot when he was assaulted at the scene and received serious injuries.

Austin Mace, 20, of Dexter is charged with assault of a law enforcement officer.

According to the probable cause statement, Lt. Larry Patterson and Patrolman Kevin Moore responded to a fight on the west side of the McDonald's parking lot to find a large crowd of people on the south end of the parking lot.

Aaron Mace, Austin Mace, and Terry Mace were fighting.

Moore ordered Terry Mace to stop fighting and he shoved Moore, according to the document. 

Then, Moore used his Taser on Terry Mace.

Lt. Patterson approached Terry Mace to assist with handcuffing when his son Austin Mace rushed from the crowd and hit Moore on the left side of his face with a closed fist, according to the probable cause statement.

Moore became unconscious and fell, hitting the concrete edge of the sidewalk on the right side of his face.

Moore was taken to Missouri Southern Healthcare and later air-lifted to St. Louis University Hospital with multiple facial fractures.

Moore told Heartland News in a text that "the swelling is still pretty bad. It does hurt still."

He'll go back to St. Louis Thursday to talk to his doctors to explore his options.

"Years ago I think we probably had a lot of fights and stuff, but it does seem like things are picking up a little bit now.  And I don't know if that's because of economy, unemployment, whatever.  But it does seem like things are picking up," said Dexter Police Chief Sammy Stone.

Terry and Aaron Mace were also interviewed.

Austin's Mace bond is set at $250,000 cash only.

Austin Mace told police the argument started over some money stolen from the night before.  He said he ran to protect his father when he says Moore Tased his father and "blacked out" during the incident, but admits to striking Patrolman Moore.

Austin told police he struggles with controlling his anger and was sorry for his actions.

He wrote a letter to Moore asking him to forgive him.

[Read the probable cause and apology letter. (pdf)]

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