A Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy was reported to be recovering Friday after he was struck by a vehicle while apprehending a domestic violence suspect Thursday night.
The deputy, an 18-year veteran of the department assigned to field services, was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening and remained overnight for observation, sheriff’s officials said.
Sgt. Tony Turnbull, a sheriff’s spokesman, said deputies were responding to a domestic violence call about 9 p.m. in the 8200 block of Wildfire Lane in south Sacramento. The caller stated that a 24-year-old man, identified as Edgardo Guerra, had a knife and was trying to stab family members.
Before deputies arrived, Guerra fled onto Gerber Road near Wilbur Lane. After a short foot pursuit, two deputies apprehended Guerra in the middle of the roadway. They were walking him along the shoulder of the roadway toward their patrol car when one of the deputies was struck by a vehicle traveling west on Gerber Road.
The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene.
“It was definitely an accident,” Turnbull said. “It wasn’t intentional.”
Another driver, however, was arrested when he drove through law enforcement barricades at the scene after the deputy was injured. Alfonso Pizano, 53, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Pizano was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail and is to be arraigned Oct. 31.
According to Sacramento County jail inmate information available online, Guerra was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, resisting a peace officer, battery against a peace officer and vandalism. He is to appear in court Tuesday.