Auburn man assaulted cop, giving her concussion after noise complaint

Auburn Police Officer Morgan Flickner is recovering after treatment at Auburn Community Hospital after responding to a domestic incident twice in the same day.

Justin Gervais, of Auburn, was charged with second-degree assault, resisting arrest and loud and unnecessary noise after two incidents at 123 Wall Street in Auburn.

Gervais is accused of attempting to push an officer down a flight of stairs, grabbing her hair, and punching her face while Flickner attempted to take him into custody.

After being called to the apartment, police say that Gervais appeared to be intoxicated and upset that law enforcement had been called to the scene. That call was cleared without incident, according to police, but it led to a second incident — where Gervais began banging on a neighbors door, accusing the occupant of calling police.


When police arrived the second time, they say Gervais refused to open his door when asked. A short time later, he opened his door, walked down the stairs, and was confronted b y Flickner.

Police say he fled police, running back up the stairs when they attempted to take him into custody.

Gervais then tried pushing Flickner down the stairs and grabbed her by the hair. He pushed her down onto the stairs, where she struck the back of her head.

Police say Gervais then punched Flickner four or five times, which resulted in her suffering extensive head and facial injuries. In an attempt to take him into custody she then deployed her taser, but that effort failed.

She then deployed her Oleoresin Capsicum spray, which allowed her to take him into custody.

He was sent to the Cayuga County Jail on no bail.

Flickner was treated at Auburn Community Hospital for face and head injuries, and she was diagnosed with a concussion, according to police.

The investigation remains active and anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Meagan Kalet at (315) 255-4702.

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