A 34-year-old man yesterday led Palo Alto police on a wild chase through downtown Palo Alto, attacking an officer at one point, wrestling him to the ground, pulling the officer's holstered handgun and pointing it at him before being restrained.
The violent altercation took place minutes after police received a series of calls from downtown residents, reporting a man behaving suspiciously. Palo Alto. At about 2:49 p.m., police received a call from a resident in the 200 block of Emerson Street, reporting an unknown man in the caller's backyard. Police said the caller watched as the man left the yard by jumping over a fence. He was last seen heading northbound on Emerson Street towards Hawthorne Avenue.
Palo Alto police arrested 34-year-old Ryan Goodson of Fresno on Feb. 6, following a violent struggle downtown. Courtesy Palo Alto Police Department.
The search continued, with an officer spotting Goodson walking westbound on Lytton Avenue approaching Emerson Street shortly before 3 pm. The officer attempted to detain Goodson, who police said was bleeding from a cut on his head. Goodson immediately attacked the officer and the two "began struggling on the sidewalk," according to a statement from the police. Goodson managed to rip the officer's holstered gun, a Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun, from his belt and pointed it at him, but was unable to remove the weapon from the holster so it would not fire, despite his attempts to reach the trigger.
As the two wrestled on the sidewalk for control of the handgun, the officer's head hit an electrical box. Goodson also bit him on the shoulder, police said.
Within 30 seconds of the attack, two other officers arrived and one of them using his Taser to restrain Goodson. Police said Goodson continued to resist even after he was handcuffed. They used a leg immobilization device to control him.
Goodson sustained moderate injuries to his head and mouth. Police said they believe those injuries were primarily a result of jumping through Da Hookah Spot's glass window. Paramedics from the Palo Alto Fire Department transported Goodson to a local hospital, where he remained under police custody until he was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for four felony charges: taking a peace officer's firearm, resisting arrest with violence, brandishing a deadly weapon while resisting, and battery on a peace officer with injury.
The officer who was involved in the initial scuffle sustained "moderate" injuries to his hands and knees, police said, as well as pain to his head and minor injuries on his shoulder. He has been treated and released by a local hospital. A second officer received minor injuries on his hands, but declined medical treatment. No other officers were injured.
Anyone who witnessed this suspect's behavior, or who has information about this incident, is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.