Officer Attacked in Balboa Park

By Eric S. Page
|  Friday, Sep 25, 2009  |  Updated 3:35 PM PDT
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Officer Attacked in Balboa Park

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A San Diego police officer was injured during an attack in Balboa Park on Friday.

The incident began at about 12:45 p.m. near the intersection of Upas Street and Sixth Avenue when the officer approached a group of five or six transients sitting at a bench, according to investigators. Police said one of the people at the bench immediately attacked the officer.

"So, the fight was on ... the officer had some problems with his portable radio -- he was able to get back to his patrol vehicle and put out again, from that radio, 'Cover now!' " said police Lt. Dawn Summers. "At that time, there were two more transients that basically jumped in the fight and joined in to help the first suspect."

The officer's arm was injured during the incident. Paramedics treated him at the scene, then brought him by ambulance to Mercy Hospital.

Summers said the original suspect was arrested. It's not clear if the other transients were arrested, but a perimeter was set up in the park, police said, in the hopes of trapping them, and a K-9 unit was brought in to aid in the search.

The suspect is likely to face a charge of felony battery on a police officer, according to police.

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