A Sacramento police officer is taking a leave from his job after being severely beaten by a man who tried to steal his gun.
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A man was arrested after a violent assault on a Sacramento police officer on Monday.
Police say 21-year-old Juan Gomez approached an officer as he sat in his patrol vehicle at 12:33 a.m. on Monday on the 6600 block of Bruceville Road.
Gomez lured the officer out of his vehicle by falsely reporting there was a man with a gun nearby, according to police.
As the officer got out of his car, Gomez allegedly violently assaulted him — striking the officer in the face and knocking him to the ground, police said. As the officer fell, Gomez jumped on him and struck him in the face repeatedly. During the assault, Gomez attempted to take the officer’s gun from his holster several times.
The officer was eventually able to radio for help and was assisted by security officers working in the area, police said.
The officer was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for significant facial injuries. The officer has since been released but is unable to work at this time because of the injuries.
A black man walking by with his girlfriend starting taking video of the altercation, and encouraged the assault. He was also arrested.