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Fight between roommates ends in arrest

Mar 5, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

A struggle between two Riverton roommates resulted in an arrest and a citation last week.

Officials said the incident began at about 6:10 a.m. Feb. 25 when Jeremiah Shull, 21, of Riverton, was taking a shower at his home. According to reports, Shull's roommate, a 22-year-old Riverton man, kicked open the bathroom door and initiated a physical fight.

"They are wrestling around on the bathroom floor," Riverton Police Department Capt. Eric Murphy said Feb. 26. "Some punches were exchanged."

The altercation escalated when Shull reportedly struck his roommate on the forehead with a 15-pound dumbbell.

"It was a weight consisting of two 5-pound plates and two 2.5-pound plates," Murphy said. "He ended up going to the hospital and getting some stitches. It wasn't life threatening."

The hospital staff notified police about the incident, Murphy added.

"The victim advised he lived at the residence for several years and never had any issues with Shull," Murphy said. "He didn't want him to get in trouble and didn't want to pursue charges."

Regardless, Shull was arrested for aggravated assault in connection with the fight. Murphy said Shull's roommate was later cited for domestic abuse.

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