Man slams into police cruiser after throwing boiling water on woman

MPD officer struck in car crash; possibly related to another incident
John Hancock (Source: MPD)
John Hancock (Source: MPD)
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - According to police, a domestic violence situation turned into a frightening night for a police officer who was hit by a vehicle and taken to the hospital.

It all happened around 5:30 p.m. Friday.

"He tried to go in my mother's room and I had locked the door," the victim's daughter said.

The daughter, who is 14 years old, said she witnessed the horrifying scene after her stepfather came home to get his belongings.

"He grabbed the water off of the stove and my mother was like 'don't throw water. It's nothing to play with,' and he just dumped it on her and she started screaming. He tried to run out the door," the girl said.

She said she was joined by others in the home who tried to stop him from leaving by throwing things at his car. But, they were unsuccessful.

"He ended up hitting the police car," she said.

Police said that is how the large scene at Hickory Hill Road and Knight Arnold Road happened. Officers tried to stop the man from driving off after he had hit the police cruiser.

Memphis Police Department said the officer is not injured. However, the man who crashed into the officer was taken to Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

Police said the woman who had boiling water thrown on her is in stable condition at the hospital. It's unclear at this time how severe her burns are.

Neighbors said the couple are going through a divorce and they're not surprised to hear about what happened in the home.

The man, who friends and police have identified as John Hancock, had his SUV left in an almost unrecognizable state after the wreck.

Friends said they are shocked and can't believe he would do something like this.

"I mean, I didn't think he was capable of something like this," Hancock's friend J.T. Jersey said.

Police said Hancock crashed while police were trying to stop him.

"Police were trying to catch up. They weren't exactly behind him, but they had tried to stop him down the street," MPD Deputy Chief Terry Landrum said.

Hancock is accused of hitting a police cruiser before losing control of his own vehicle, causing the SUV to flip several times before landing on its side.

Hancock was then taken to Regional Medical Center.

"You know, it's one of those situations where, you know, something goes down and I guess he kind of snapped or whatever," Anthony Saulsberry said.

Friends said they spoke with Hancock Friday morning and, although he expressed some frustrations, he seemed fine otherwise.

Hancock was arrested and is charged with refusal to submit to a BAC test, driving under the influence of intoxicants/drugs, reckless driving, driving while license is suspended/revoked/canceled, violation of financial law, aggravated assault, disregarding a red light and leaving the scene of an accident.

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