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Sacramento sheriff’s deputy slightly injured in scuffle with Gold River scofflaws

Richard O. Griffin, Jr.
Richard O. Griffin, Jr. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department

An off-duty Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy suffered minor injuries when he was jumped as he tried to get several people to stop shooting fireworks onto the roofs of Gold River homes, according to the department.

The deputy was unloading his vehicle in his driveway about 9:20 p.m. Tuesday at his Gold River home when he noticed pyrotechnics landing on his roof and that of neighbors, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Lisa Bowman.

The deputy brought his badge and approached four or five people outside who were shooting off the fireworks. He identified himself as a police officer and asked them to stop. Instead, they attacked him, Bowman said.

At one point, the deputy had one of the revelers on the ground when another jumped on his back in what Bowman described as a “full-on fight.” Eventually, they retreated into a house.

The deputy suffered injuries to his face from the scuffle.

One man, Richard Owen Griffin, Jr., 42, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and “resisting an executive officer.” Another man deputies wanted to detain could not be found despite efforts to call him from the house with a loud speaker.

Deputies are still searching for that man.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.