Officer Involved in Scuffle Outside 7-Eleven in University Heights

The scuffle happened at the 7-Eleven at Florida and El Cajon Boulevard

By Brandi Powell and R. Stickney
|  Monday, Jan 21, 2013  |  Updated 10:33 AM PDT
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7-Eleven employee Rishu Maini describes an attack on an officer outside his store.

7-Eleven employee Rishu Maini describes an attack on an officer outside his store.

A San Diego police officer was punched during a scuffle outside a University Heights convenience store Monday.

An employee of the 7-Eleven at Florida and El Cajon Boulevard called police about an “out-of-control” man.

The man tried to purchase a cigar in the store but was refused service when he couldn't provide an ID. When the customer began yelling at other customers, the clerk called police.

The clerk went as far as to use his own strength to keep the doors shut so the suspect could not enter the store.

When a police officer arrived, there was a fight between the officer and the suspect. The fight was so intense, the officer’s radio fell from his waist prompting an alert to other patrol cars in the area.

"They both were on the floor, just punching on each other," said employee Rishu Maini.

"It was really hard to control him, it was really hard."

By the time the other arrived, the situation was under control.

The suspect was taken into custody. No one was injured.
 

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