Fugitive accused of beating police officer arrested

Tevan Gant

Tevan Gant

A man accused of beating a Minnesota police officer so hard he was forced to retire was arrested Friday at his mother's house in Fort Myers.

Tevan Gant, 22, is accused of punching Sgt. Michael Puetz about 20 times in a Dec. 5, 2011 assault at a mental health facility where Gant had been a patient, according to Thief River Falls, Minn., police. Puetz's injuries forced him to end his 20-year career, police said.

Gant was held in a psychiatric unit, but moved to Fort Myers after his release. A warrant was issued for him after he missed a mandatory court appearance in Minnesota.

Officials with the Lee County Sheriff's Office fugitive warrants unit arrested Gant at his mother's home on the 6100 block of Meadowview Circle. Upon extradition to Minnesota, he faces charges of assault with bodily injury and assaulting a peace officer.

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