WASHINGTON, Maine — Police say a Washington man assaulted four people Thursday, including two police officers and one man who was taken to the hospital with broken ribs.

A deputy who helped arrest the man said he has never had such a struggle to make an arrest.

Kurtis Peterson, 62, was arrested on a charge of felony aggravated assault, three counts of assault, two counts of refusing to submit to arrest and one count of disorderly count.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office responded Thursday to a call about a man who allegedly assaulted other residents at the Washington Manor, a group home for adults with mental health problems, according to the affidavit filed in court by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office. The staff reported to police that Peterson had repeatedly punched one man and knocked another man down, kicking him. That second alleged victim suffered broken ribs.

When deputies arrived they tried to arrest Peterson, but he put up a struggle that lasted up to 15 minutes, according to the affidavit. Police twice used a stun gun on the man with little effect. The use of a disabling chemical sprayed in his face also failed to subdue him. Peterson was finally subdued after about 15 minutes, when he tired and handcuffs could be put on him, police reported.

Deputy Nathaniel Jack wrote in the affidavit that he had never been in a situation where repetitive force had little or no impact on a person. The officers were kicked and punched but did not require medical attention.

The deputy reported that the man apparently had not been taking his medication for a mental health issue.

Peterson was taken to the Knox County Jail and made his initial appearance Friday afternoon in Knox County Unified Court. Judge Rae Ann French set bail at $5,000 cash and also agreed to order the state forensic department to conduct a mental examination on Peterson.