A father and his 23-year-old son were booked Wednesday on suspicion of attacking a Huntington Beach police officer.
The officer, a 17-year veteran whose name was not released, stopped a bicyclist for a traffic violation near Beach Boulevard and Clay Avenue about 11:20 p.m. Tuesday, Huntington Beach police Officer Jennifer Marlatt said.
The bicyclist’s father came up from behind the officer and punched him in the head, Marlatt alleged.
The officer attempted to defend himself with a stun gun, but was unable to do so and was then pummeled by the two suspects, who punched and kicked the victim in the head, Marlatt alleged.
A woman who was on a police ride-along got out of the car and shouted at the men to stop, and they rode away from the crime scene, Marlatt said.
The injured officer got on his radio and requested back-up right away, she said.
Numerous officers rushed to the scene and arrested 58-year-old Darryl Headrick of Huntington Beach soon afterward in the immediate area, Marlatt said. Bryce Headrick, also of Huntington Beach, was arrested several hours later, she said.
The officer was taken to an area hospital, where he was treated for non- life-threatening injuries and released the same day, Marlatt said.
The two, who were being held in the Huntington Beach jail, were booked on suspicion of attempted murder on a police officer, assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm and resisting arrest, Marlatt said.
— Wire reports
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