Veteran Taken From Topeka VA Hospital For Court Appearance

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An Iraq war veteran was cuffed and taken from the Topeka VA Hospital for a court appearance Tuesday. 27-year-old Shane Ransom is facing charges of aggravated assault on a police officer.

Ransom tells 13 News he returned from Fallujah in 2006, suffering from post traumatic stress and bipolar disorders, as well as depression.

Pottawatomie deputies prepared to to transport ransom to a Pottawatomie County District Court appearance because in November of last year, Ransom told 13 news he fired a gun into the ground when approached by sheriff's deputies at his mobile home in St. George.

He said he was drunk, depressed and considering suicide. Ransom told us he refused orders to drop his gun and was shot with a rubber bullet...and arrested.

A fellow veteran at the hospital says Ransom never intended to hurt the officers, and that he wanted them to shoot Ransom.

Pottawatomie County Sheriff Greg Riat would not provide details of ransom's arrest, but County Attorney Sherri Schuck says Ransom faces four counts of aggravated assault... against deputies in the November incident.

Though his arrest warrant remained active, Ransom was allowed to stay at the VA Hospital.

Because of that warrant, Ransom was considered a fugitive, and would have lost his benefits if he had not been brought in to be charged today.

Ransom's case was continued to at least June 2, and he was returned to the VA Hospital for continued care.