Sheriff’s deputies investigating a theft report at a Temecula casino ended up arresting two men, but not without a struggle that injured one of the officers, according to Sheriff's officials.
The deputies went to the Pechanga Casino at 45000 Pechanga Parkway shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday when security officers called in that two suspects from a theft on Friday night had returned, according to sheriff's Sgt. Will Edwards.
The suspects were identified as Thomas Paul Allen, 43, of Oceanside, and David Alan Roll, 49, of Fallbrook.
"As deputies were detaining Roll, he began to pull away from the deputies in an attempt to flee," Edwards said.
Roll was ultimately taken into custody after a brief struggle and deputies then located a loaded firearm that fell from his waistband, Edwards said.
Edwards added that one of the deputies involved in the struggle was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.
A preliminary investigation revealed that Roll had an outstanding felony warrant from San Diego for a weapons and explosive charge and is a convicted felon, according to Edwards.
Roll was later booked into the Southwest Detention Center for his warrant, as well as for suspicion of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a loaded or concealed firearm and for resisting arrest.
Allen was arrested for possession of a loaded firearm and transported to the Southwest Detention Center where he was later booked, according to a media release.
Edwards said that the theft investigation was ongoing and further information was not immediately available.