FOLSOM, CA - A Folsom police officer trying to help a person being physically attacked by multiple individuals was sprayed with some kind of chemical substance in the early hours of October 17.
According to a Folsom Police Department report, the uniformed officer was patrolling Folsom's Historic District around 1:30 a.m. when he saw a group of men assaulting a lone man on the 600 block of Sutter Street. The officer approached and ordered the men to stop the attack but they ignored his commands.
The officer pulled out his Taser and ordered the men to stop again. All but one ceased the assault and the victim was able to get off the ground and run away, according to the report.
However, the man who refused to stop the attack, chased the fleeing victim, punching and kicking him in the process.
The officer followed to protect the fleeing man and while he was in pursuit, was sprayed with some kind of chemical agent by a bystander, said police.
Nearby private parking lot security officers assisted the policeman until more uniformed officers arrived at the scene.
The police officer was treated for minor injuries sustained due to the spraying.
The suspected attacker and victim were not located, nor was the individual who sprayed the officer.
The Folsom Police Department is looking for assistance from the original assault victim as well as any witnesses to the assault of the police officer. The incident occurred as the bars were letting out, as patrons headed to their vehicles to leave. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Tipline at (916) 930-1098 or email email@example.com. Witnesses may remain anonymous.