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MANSFIELD -- A Mansfield man was arrested and a police officer treated at a hospital after an incident Thursday at a Sherman Place residence.

According to a press release, Mansfield police officers, along with the Major Crimes Unit and METRICH Enforcement Unit, made contact with Lamar Howell at 416 Sherman Place in reference to a weapon offense investigation.

Howell, who is on parole, was found to be in possession of a handgun and was arrested for having weapons under disability. Howell was also found to be in possession of approximately 122 grams of suspected methamphetamine and placed in the back of a police cruiser, where he tried to discard more suspected drugs.

The unknown powdery substance discharged into the air, causing exposure to a Mansfield police officer. Additional suspected drugs were located, including MDMA, heroin and marijuana. The officer was transported to OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital by the Mansfield Fire Department for treatment and released.

Howell was incarcerated at the Richland County Jail.

A search warrant was obtained for the residence after being reviewed and signed by Mansfield Municipal Court Judge Frank Ardis. Further charges will be forwarded to the Richland County Prosecutor's Office for review.

The METRICH Enforcement Unit encourages citizens to continue to be proactive by reporting suspected drug activity. Citizens can call the METRICH Crime Tip Hotline at 419-52-CRIME (419-522-7463) or the Task Force line at 419-755-9728.

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