Man Arrested After Violent Assault on Sacramento Police Officer

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SACRAMENTO --

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.

Assaults on officers have trended upward over the past five years in Sacramento.

In 2011, there were 37 reported cases of violence against Sacramento police officers between January and early October. This year, there  have already been 61.

Monday's attack was unusually violent, according to department spokesman Sgt. Doug Morse.

"An event like this is just not typical," Morse said. "Although it is a testament to how unpredictable law enforcement can be.  Not only unpredictable, but just how dangerous it can be.  Any time an officer puts on the uniform and heads out to the street, we know it's within the scope of our duty that we may be confronted by violent and dangerous individuals."

Morse further said, regarding the recent attack, the fact that the situation did not turn out worse is a testament to the officer's training and courage.

Gomez was interviewed by detectives and later booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail on multiple charges, including: resisting arrest, assault and battery on a peace officer. His bail has been set at $500,000.