ANCHORAGE -

A Bethel jury convicted a Mountain Village man Friday of assaulting and seriously injuring a village police officer in June, during an arrest in which he tried to gouge the officer’s eye.

In a Friday AST dispatch, troopers say 33-year-old Warren Thomas Barclay was convicted of second-degree assault on a police officer with serious injuries, fourth-degree domestic-violence assault, resisting arrest and interfering with a report of a domestic-violence crime.

The charges against Barclay stem from a June 11 assault against his girlfriend for which two VPOs, including Jeremiah Sheppard, were taking him into custody. Barclay turned and attacked Sheppard, prompting the other officer to pepper-spray and restrain him, but not before inflicting injuries that sent Sheppard to Bethel for treatment.

“Barclay was found not guilty of the second Assault II charge, in which he was charged with strangling the VPO during the arrest,” troopers wrote.

AST spokesperson Megan Peters said at the time of the assault that Sheppard was expected to return to duty within a week of the incident.

Barclay is being held at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Correctional Center pending sentencing. He is also on probation from a third-degree assault conviction in 2012.