Two Fortuna Officers Received Minor Injuries and Deployed Taser in Altercation With 18-Year-Old
Fortuna Police tasered an 18-year-old resident today after a physical struggle that left the two officers with face abrasions and swellings. “We received multiple calls about an 18-year-old Fortuna resident in 100 block of 12th Street,” explained to Lt. Matt Eberhardt. “He was making rude gestures–finger guns, throat cutting gestures.”
Two officers responded to the incident. According to Eberhardt, the officers advised the youth. Initially, the man was cooperative, said Eberhardt. But then, according to the Lieutenant, “The suspect grew more agitated. He picked up an egg-sized rock and threw it.” Eberhardt said this barely missed one officer’s head.
When the officers attempted to detain the suspect, he became combative, according to Eberhardt. “He struck the officers on their body and head causing swelling and facial abrasions,” he stated.
One of the officers deployed his Taser. “It was effective,” according to Eberhardt. The suspect was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital which is where the suspect is currently undergoing medical clearance. Eberhardt said that the two officers “are okay–no emergency medical treatment was required for them.”
The suspect whose name will be released after booking will be charged with Resisting Arrest, Battery on a Police Officer, and Assault with a Deadly Instrument on a Police Officer.