A Los Angeles police officer is lucky enough to be alive after an attacker walked into his police station, knocked him to the ground, hit him with a pistol with his own weapon, and then repeatedly pulled the trigger at a point out of range.
Jose Cerpa Guzman, 29, was arrested for attempted murder of a police officer. He is being held in lieu of $ 2.23 million bail, the Los Angeles Times reported.
He probably would have killed the officer, who has not been identified, had the gun not had a safety mechanism that prevented it from firing.
The officer managed to escape with “bumps and bruises,” the Los Angeles police said.
The dramatic encounter was captured on surveillance footage from the Harbor Community Police Station in San Pedro on Saturday night.
A Los Angles Police Department desk clerk nearly died on Saturday after an attacker walked into the Harbor Community Police Station in San Pedro just after 10 p.m. and assaulted him, grabbed his gun, and then repeatedly pulled the trigger. According to the LAPD, the gun did not fire
The image above shows the attacker standing above the desk clerk after knocking him to the ground in the lobby of the police station
Police identified the attacker, who wore dark pants and a white shirt, as 29-year-old Jose Cerpa Guzman
The attacker is seen above the desk officer while lying on the ground in the police station
The video shows the attacker walking into the lobby of the police station just after 10 p.m. on Saturday.
A desk clerk from that evening is seen at the main entrance.
At first, the officer and the attacker, who is dressed in a white short-sleeved shirt and dark trousers, seem to be engaged in a heated conversation.
The attacker then exits the front door to re-enter the station a few seconds later.
He then starts pushing the policeman and punches it.
The attacker and the officer are seen struggling on top of the ground on Saturday evening
During their encounter, the attacker took the officer’s gun from its holster
He then aimed it at the officer’s chest, throat and chin, according to LAPD investigators
The attacker continues to walk up to the officer and overpower him.
He then knocks the officer to the ground after receiving a blow to the head.
As the officer descends, some gear from his equipment belt is scattered across the floor.
With the officer on his back and the attacker leaning over him, the attacker grabs the agent’s 9mm Beretta pistol from the officer’s holster.
The officer then tries to grab the man’s arm to keep him from firing the gun.
While the two struggle, the attacker manages to aim the gun directly at the center of the officer just inches away.
Moments later, the attacker lets go of his arm and starts hitting the officer at least four times in the face and head with the butt of the gun.
The officer raises his hands to protect himself from the blows. Finally he knocks the gun out of the attacker’s hands.
After the gun falls to the ground, the attacker grabs it again.
Then he points the gun at the officer, who is still on his back, from close range.
An LAPD watch commander emerges from the front desk and runs to the attacker as he leaves the station. The desk clerk can be seen at the bottom left of the floor
The watch commander appears to be in a firing position and aims her weapon at the fleeing attacker
She is then seen diving out of the way – presumably because the attacker shot in her lap
The officer then tries to grab the attacker, but he manages to get away and go to the door.
Moments later, an LAPD watch commander emerges from the front desk and sees her fellow officer on the floor in the lobby.
She then sees the attacker running outside while holding the officer’s gun.
The watch commander approaches the door, draws her weapon and drops into a shooting position. It is unclear from the video whether she is firing her weapon.
She is then seen taking cover, presumably because the attacker fired the officer’s weapon at her.
The LAPD says the attacker, Guzman, shot the watch commander three times. She fired her gun once, the LAPD says.
Another police officer enters the lobby and has drawn his gun. The video ends there.
According to the Times, investigators believe the attacker would have killed the desk clerk because he pulled the trigger several times while aiming the gun at his chest, stomach and chin.
The gun did not fire due to a release lever that was activated.
According to the police, the attacker fled in a white truck. The watch commander reported on the radio that shooting had taken place and the suspect fled.
“We’ve got an officer down, conscious, breathing,” an officer said over the radio.
Guzman was arrested a few blocks from the police station by officers who had drawn their guns.
The officers struggled with Guzman, who was later taken to hospital to be treated for injuries.
An officer is said to have had a broken hand in battle.
The attacker managed to get away while the desk clerk remained on the ground
An LAPD watch commander (seen far right) emerges from behind the reception desk while the desk clerk is lying on the floor (far left)
LAPD chief Michel Moore said the desk clerk who was initially attacked at the station had “ bumps and bruises. ”
He is released from the hospital and is recovering at home.
“ I am grateful that the officer involved in this incident tonight, who worked at the agency, came out to help this person understand his needs, that he survived and that he did not lose his life during this engagement, Moore said.
“He didn’t take the injury this suspect apparently wanted to inflict.”
The LAPD has not specified what it believes is Guzman’s motive for the attack.
Craig Lally, who leads the union representing LAPD officers, compared the attack to the recent shooting ambush in Compton targeting deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
“It just goes to show how dangerous this job is now,” Lally said.
‘You don’t even have to answer a phone call now. You can just sit in a car in a uniform or sit at a desk in a uniform and get attacked. ‘
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