TRACY (CBS13) – An attempt to speak with an oddly-behaving man suddenly devolved into a violent fight Thursday when a suspect grabbed an officer’s service weapon, leading to a prolonged struggle and injuries to both the officer and suspect, authorities said.

The Tracy Police Department said an officer made contact with a Hispanic male dressed only in underwear in a residential neighborhood on Hawthorne Drive, but without any provocation, the man lunged at the officer and tried to wrestle his handgun out of his holster.

Authorities said the man, identified as 31-year-old Samuel Flores De Ramos, had previously threatened to take an officer’s gun and force police to kill him during an encounter with Tracy officers on January 31. In that incident, officers transported him to the hospital for treatment.

Caught off guard by the assault Thursday, the officer used one hand to hold his gun in his holster and the other to strike back while both men fell to the ground. Authorities said the situation warranted the use of deadly force, but the officer instead used “alternative defensive tactics” to keep the suspect away from his weapon.

The melee raged for two and a half minutes before additional officers arrived on the scene. It eventually took five officers to gain control of Ramos and take him into custody, authorities said.

Despite the violent encounter and disturbing mugshot of Ramos, authorities said the suspect only suffered abrasions and contusions and is expected to recover.

The officer was also wounded and has not been medically cleared to return to duty.

Ramos is in custody of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department on a number of charges, including assault on a police officer and attempting to disarm an officer.

Comments (43)
  1. elliott the Cat says:

    Would like to see that the Cop looked liked ?

    1. mike says:

      Are you going to scream police brutality? Hey if you don’t want your face to look like this, don’t try to take a gun from a cop in your underwear… Sounds pretty simple…

      1. Jonathan says:

        Yeah, right…that’s the cop’s STORY…..I bet it did NOT happen the way the cop said it did. COWARD COPS!

  2. throwsTHUGSinvolcano says:

    good, the animal probably needed it. He was lucky the cop did not kill ‘it’.

  3. pynaetlb says:

    I don’t get it, I would have shot the guy.

    1. Jt says:

      Would have been ok with me. But in a hand to hand struggle the safest place for your weapon is in its holster. Too easy to have it take from you, turned toward you, or what ever. Kudos to the cop.

  4. Ric Brown says:

    good old a$$ whipin ,lucky to be alive ,most cops would have just shot him ,they like to do that,,,

  5. Dusty says:

    I would have shot him …. save us some court time..

  6. timatoe says:

    Love how the spin is here…. “Despite the violent encounter and disturbing mugshot of Ramos, authorities said the suspect only suffered abrasions and contusions and is expected to recover” Obviously trying to imply more. Wonder if CBS 13 staff knows that abrasions are scratches and contusions are bruises, hmm exactly what’s shown in the mug shot.

    1. stan atkinson says:

      So what’s your point, loser?!

    2. kakes says:

      maybe the writer needs to look up a few words in the dictionary! 🙂

  7. Neighborsvoice_in_Idaho says:

    Now that’s the way you take a dirtbag into custody. Maybe Tracy police should show Sac County and Sac City PD the same methods.

  8. david says:

    the officer should have killed him after he was violently attacked by this criminal. the officer could have used deadly force but decided against it. taking him into custody will not solve anything as the criminal will be released in time and next time might just kill an officer, or officers, or innocent citizens or even children.

    1. Cowboy says:

      @Jonathan … you’re an IDIOT

  9. Oh well says:

    The office would have been justified in shooting him.

  10. TLor says:

    He didn’t shoot him because 1) he would have been put on administraitive leave and 2) lots of paperwork to fill uut.
    But glad the guy didn’t get a slap on the hand for this one!

  11. Tapestry says:

    these guys get worse beatings on any given Saturday night

  12. Retiire old Guy says:

    Alot of racists making unAmerican comments. Disgusting.

    1. rmcsticks says:

      your an Idiot, your the reason they keep getting off for the cr ap they do.

      1. Pat says:

        Okay, if we’re arbitrarily throwing blame around that is grounded in nothing at all, then you’re an idiot and you’re the reason this nation’s education system is failing.

  13. grapevine says:

    Very Good picture, has a head ache today, that guy is very lucky the office did not use deadly force, even thou it looks like he got beat down pretty good.

  14. stan atkinson says:

    Cops should have used the pavement as a backstop and blew his freakin’ brains out!

  15. Jim King says:

    Were there any witnesses…or, better yet…..a video of this altercation? I would bet the original officer and responding officers took turns playing punching bag with this guy……
    Those aren’t “one handed” injuries !!

    1. Jonathan says:

      DUH! You think???!!!!

    2. Road Warrior says:

      Sound like someone need to take turns on Jonathan.

  16. Whitey says:

    Uh, detective King, it said they finally needed 5 officers to contain him. If they had to beat the $hit out of him, so be it. Meth boy, running around town in his girlie panties, tried to grab the officer’s gun. That’s grounds for getting your head blown off… which is what I wish had happened.

    When De Ramos De Roach didn’t follow commands, didn’t choose wisely in terms of leaving the gun alone, and didn’t refrain from more fighting when multiple officers held him down, he willfully waived his rights to not have his a$$ kicked. Well, I say “rights”… assuming he’s an American citizen.

  17. Cowboy says:

    @Jonathan … let me repeat you are a #&*%ing IDIOT!

  18. Whitey says:

    Oh, wow, Jonathan, didn’t realize you were there! I guess you can tell us all the truth now since you have first hand knowledge… you know… being right there at the time.

    Do tell…

  19. Dianne says:

    A parolee did just the same in Sacramento about a month ago-a suspect tried to punch the officer and then ran-once caught up to-there was an altercation between the suspect and officer and the suspect was not killed-so anytime a suspect grabs for an officers gun you think because the suspect is not killed it’s a fabricated story??
    Have you ever tried dealing with an out of control person on drugs? Until you can be in the shoes at the time of the incident please leave your speculations out of comments….they are fabricated lies as well.

  20. Let's elect Jonathan for Mayor says:

    @Jonathan…you win the award for being the dumbest POS today.

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