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Man reaches for officer’s gun during arrest

Man reaches for officer’s gun during arrest

Officers use force on man reaching for an officer’s weapon during a physical altercation

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VISALIA – In a physical altercation between officers and a suspect, the scariest outcome is that the suspect grabs for the officer’s gun. And that is what happened last Friday when officers responded to a call where someone was on the street threatening to fight people at random

At 10:46 p.m. officers responded to the area of Caldwell and Sallee. An officer located Jonathan Correa, 39, at that location and discovered he was intoxicated to the point he was unable to care for his safety or for the safety of others. When the officer attempted to detain Correa he attempted to flee from the officer, and ran into the roadway. When the officer caught up to Correa, he began to fight with him in the middle of the roadway. 

At one point Correa grabbed for the officer’s handgun, and physical force had to be applied to Correa to prevent him obtaining the officer’s handgun. A short time later officers were able to secure Correa in handcuffs and transport him to an area hospital for treatment. Correa was later booked at the Adult Pretrial facility for the listed charges. No officers were injured during this incident.

Visalia Crime Logs

Sunday Sept. 1

At 9:18 p.m. officers were dispatched to a report of a brandishing of a firearm in the area of Mooney and Visalia Parkway. Several officers were dispatched to the area and the victim was able to provide a description of the suspect vehicle and the three occupants. Officers searching the area located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop. All three: Erik Williams-Newsom, 24; Victavia Cole, 18; Alyssa Hernandez, 22; were detained and the victim and his passenger were able to positively identify each of the three suspects. Officers located the firearm in the vehicle and the three suspects were booked at the Tulare County Pretrial Facility on multiple charges.

Thursday, Aug. 29

At 9:11 p.m. two Hispanic male juveniles entered the Double D Market and threatened to shoot the employee as they ran from the business without paying for merchandise they had stolen. No firearm was seen and no injuries were reported. One of the suspects was wearing a black sweater, and a black hat with a Chicago Bulls emblem. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Violent Crimes Unit at 559-713-4234.

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