Canton Police looking for man who attacked officer with pipe

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CANTON, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas police officer is recovering following an Thursday morning attack.

Canton Police Officer J.P. Marsh stumbled upon a burglary on Highway 243, when he was hit in the head with a six foot piece of metal. With no leads, police say they need your help to find the officer's attacker.

Attracted by a suspicious, bright light behind the Trader's Square shopping center, Marsh went to investigate.

"Apparently he interrupted them before they were able to do what they came here to do," said Canton Police Chief Michael Eckols. "We think they might have been after this trailer or something back in this area."

Eckols says the area was pitch black. He says Marsh had no idea what was waiting for him around the corner.

"A person was up on the little step area with a large, about six foot piece of shelving, heavy metal and struck him in the head at least once," he said.

When back up arrived, they found Marsh on the ground, unconscious with a six foot piece of metal right beside him.

"It could have been a lot worse," said Eckols. "He could have lost his life, easy in a situation like this."

Eckols says the weapon used to attack Marsh came from a large pile behind the shopping center.

Marsh is now at home recovering. Today on his Facebook page he said this: "Thank you to everyone that called and text. I'm ok just got home about to crash... got a huge knot and headache."

"He says he wants to come in tonight, doctor told him not to, but he wants to get back working," said Eckols.

Eckols says Marsh is a good officer and believes in his job.

"We need some leads on this," he said. "Our leads are very little. We are processing some evidence, but we need more help from the public."

Eckols wants justice to be served for his officer just trying to do his job.

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