Fort Bragg officer breaks arm while pursuing suspect

By JAMIE HANSEN | The (Santa Rosa, Calif.) Press Democrat | Published: February 25, 2014

A Fort Bragg police officer suffered a broken arm while pursuing a suspect after responding to a report of a domestic disturbance.

Michael David Hammond, 29, was jailed on charges of resisting arrest, battery on a peace officer and violation of probation Friday after fleeing the officers who tried to arrest him.

Two officers encountered Hammond when they were sent to Cypress Street early Friday morning to investigate a domestic disturbance, Fort Bragg police said, Officers also learned that there was a warrant out for Hammond's arrest.

The officers met Hammond, who appeared agitated, in the parking lot of the home, police said. After confirming who he was, they began to put handcuffs on him. But Hammond resisted and ran away, police said.

While chasing him, Officer Jonathan McLaughlin fell and broke his left arm above the wrist. The second officer caught Hammond and placed him in custody.


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