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West Sacramento officer seriously hurt in violent arrest

A West Sacramento Police car.
A West Sacramento Police car. Sacramento Bee file photo

A West Sacramento police officer sustained a “serious, but non-life-threatening injury” early Saturday during an arrest that turned violent.

West Sacramento Police Department Sgt. Roger Kinney said officers arrived on Pecan Court shortly before 5:30 a.m. on a report of a man creating a disturbance outside a home. Officers approached the man, who became “irrational” and “confrontational,” according to police.

As two officers attempted to arrest the suspect, Kinney said, “a violent confrontation” occurred, and the officers called for backup, which arrived from Sacramento police.

During the struggle to handcuff the suspect and get him into a cruiser, one of the two West Sacramento police officers sustained a serious injury, which required hospitalization. A second officer sustained minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene.

The names of the injured police officers, identified as five-year veterans, have not been released.

Kinney said officers at the scene believe the suspect, 23-year-old Terence Mitchell of Sacramento, was under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Kinney said the suspect was charged with resisting arrest, felony resisting arrest, felonious assault and attempting to remove an officer’s firearm from his holster.

“It was fortunate that the incident did not escalate into something far worse,” Kinney said.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover