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EXCLUSIVE: Family Of Suspect In Brazen Cop Attack Speaks Out

Published: Jun. 25, 2008 at 4:22 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 25, 2008 at 8:54 PM EDT
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EXCLUSIVE: New information on a police officer viciously attacked in a Canton Wal-Mart.

The bat-toting suspect has a history of violence with cops.

19 Action News Reporter Shannon O'Brien met with the family of David Carter - they say he is a mentally disturbed young man who suffers from Schizophrenia.

Ever since Carter left the care of his aunts who raised him, he's been in trouble and homeless.

Now, a Canton police officer is in the hospital - beat over the head with a baseball bat allegedly at the hands of Carter.

His aunt says her nephew had been living around the Wal-Mart in Canton.

Last week, police say Officer John Clark tried to convince Carter to leave after he was begging shoppers for money.

Instead of quietly walking away, police say Carter grabbed a bat off the store shelf and hit Officer Clark in the head - leaving the veteran cop with severe injuries.

Carter's family says they have been trying to get help for him, but he has refused to take his medication since shortly after he returned from Washington D.C. in 2006 - where he pulled a knife on a security guard and was supposed to be on probation for five years.

The judge in D.C. sentenced Carter to 39 months - but didn't make him serve the time.

Instead, the judge sent him back to Ohio.

Carter is being held on a $1M bond after his latest bout of violence.

His family is happy that he is safe and hope the Ohio judge finally gets him the help he needs.