A Sacramento Police Department officer is recovering after police said he was lured out of his patrol car and struck multiple times in the face early Monday in south Sacramento.
Juan Gomez, 21, was arrested in the incident, which took place in the 6600 block of Bruceville Road.
Police said Wednesday afternoon they had also arrested Jamaral Lee, 35, for encouraging Gomez while videotaping the assault. He was booked into jail on suspicion of assault and battery on a police officer, advocating injury to a police officer and resisting arrest.
Gomez approached the officer about 12:30 a.m. as he sat in his patrol vehicle, according to a department news release. Gomez then lured the officer out of the vehicle by telling him there was a man with a gun in the area.
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“As the officer stepped out of his car, Gomez immediately and violently assaulted him,” according to the release. The officer fell after being punched in the face, allowing Gomez to continue to strike the prone officer. The officer was able to call for help and was assisted by private security guards in the area.
During the assault, Gomez made repeated attempts to remove the officer’s gun from his holster, police said. The officer received treatment for facial injuries and will be unable to return to work until further medical evaluations are conducted.
Gomez was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on multiple charges, including suspicion of resisting arrest and assault and battery on a peace officer.