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Kenosha County Eye

Two Kenosha Police Officers Commended For Resiliency in Policing By U.S. Attorney

Officer Justin Pruett and Captain Tom Hamm

Kenosha Police Officer Justin Pruett and Captain Tom Hamm were presented Tuesday with “Resiliency in Policing” by Acting US Attorney Richard G. Frohling. Both officer’s were seriously injured in the line of duty.

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Officer Pruett Officer-Involved Shooting

Jonathan Massey (30) of Kenosha

A few weeks before the Kenosha riots, on August 8, 2020, Officer Justin Pruett was on patrol when he was dispatched to the corner of 46th St and Sheridan Rd for two men breaking into the caller’s vehicle. According to the criminal complaint, Jonathon Massey, one of the men shot at Pruett twice. Pruett returned fire 8 times, injuring Massey. Pruett was shot in the abdomen and underwent surgery. Massey fled the state and was arrested in Indiana. Massey, a convicted felon, was charged with many crimes, the most serious being attempted murder. He is scheduled to stand trial on February 28, 2022.

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Attack on Captain Hamm

Ashton Howard

KCE was on scene within an hour of the Jacob Blake shooting. The crowd got large and violent very quickly. Captain Hamm who doesn’t usually patrol the streets, arrived quickly to help his fellow officers to keep the peace while the DOJ Investigators collected evidence. According to the federal indictment, a convicted Felon, named Ashton Howard threw a brick at Captain Hamm, knocking him unconscious. He was charged with obstructing an officer and possession of ammunition by a felon. Howard was out on bail at the time for battery, sexual assault, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct. District Attorney Michael Graveley declined to charge Howard with bail-jumping. Howard was released but the federal judge signed an arrest warrant in July and his bond was revoked for failure to comply with the conditions. He appeared in Kenosha County Circuit court today via video from federal detainment to ask for a delay in the state case. He is expected to take a plea deal offered by T. Clair Binger on October 20, 2021.

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Both Pruett and Hamm are back on duty and have made full recoveries. We agree with the US Attorney. Being shot in the stomach or being knocked out with a brick would cause some officers to pause and re-consider their careers. Not these two. Their desire to enforce the law and serve the citizens outweighed the affect of their traumatic experiences. In fact, Hamm was on duty only three days later, even with a concussion. He worked during the riots. The two also received KPD’s purple heart award on September 13th. With these two officers, it’s not just the fact that they were seriously injured in the line of duty that makes them so deserving, it’s the fact that they got up, put on their uniforms, and continued to serve their community. May God bless these two, the rest of our first responders, and our military men and women.

BRAVO Captain Hamm and Officer Pruett

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  • Kevin Mathewson

    Kevin Mathewson is a disciple of Christ, husband and a father to two wonderful children. Mathewson was born and raised in Lake County, IL and worked as a police & fire dispatcher from 2005 to 2010 in Round Lake Beach, IL. Mathewson moved to Kenosha County in 2006, later being elected to the position of Alderman of the 8th District in 2012 and 2016. Mathewson is a private investigator, security contractor, journalist, and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching movies, camping and boating. His favorite amendment is the second, followed closely by the first. He loves his country and community.


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4 Responses

  1. Ashton Howard. Ironic and hypocritical for a guy charged with 4 degree sexual assault, and domestic violence to be out protesting/rioting for a person shot for the same crime.

  2. Thank you to Bear Development and all other Kenosha slumlords for bringing all this trash into the city in the first place.

  3. Thank You KPD Officer Pruett & Capt Hamm for your services to the community and hope for a 100% recovery from your injuries.
    I find it appauling & nauseating that DA Michael Graveley has chosen to enhance Ashton Howard’s criminal resume’ by not charging this career criminal with all appropriate offenses.
    Graveley, your political obsessions are obstructing your abilities to do your job. You need to resign now.

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