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. D says:

    Another case of having an excuse to justify one’s behavior…Poor Sam, he was just walking around in his underwear and the officer had nothing better to do so he choose to beat up Sam to pass the time……..

  2. dconn says:

    Are you people serious? Did you read the report? The cop did that one handed and solo? Look at his chest and face. That is no way all fist, and the damage doesn’t match the story at all. You people are ignorant. Drink as much of the Kool Aid as you can handle. You are going to need it.

    1. rmcsticks says:

      maybe you should read the story again egghead, this guy was out to die by cop. Im sorry his wish was’nt granted…..

      1. DConn says:

        See below jerk. Re-read the article. The guy has mental problems and has tried before. Why not help him? You dislike the mentally ill too smart guy?

  3. DConn says:

    Also, since when is this a police state and citizens work for them. “GOOD JOB BEATING A GUY HALF TO DEATH!” Why didn’t they send him in for medical care in January? The last big case like this, was a mental patient, nobody cared about, he burned down the Roseville Galleria. That is misconduct on the counties part. Not the mental patient. He has a history of mental disease. Help him, fix him, don’t act like he is nobody. Have some compassion for the ill.

  4. dougspair says:

    Here in Sacto, a few years back, I knew a cop who was 6’1″ and 275 pounds, he said guys1/2 his size would try fighting him. Usually in N. Sacto on the Fri-Sat nights of course.

    1. Granny says:

      We need more Messssican beat downs!!

  5. Tracie Renkiewicz says:

    Of course there are going to be those who think that is accessive and feel sorry for the person who jumped on and A&B’d on officer who was fighting for his life. smh…..I really think there is something wrong with peoples heads today.

  6. no one says:

    Similar incident in Mobile, AL Friday Feb 3rd unfortunately the 36 yr old officer, father of 3 lost his life. Thankfully the Mobile PD killed the worthless cop killer after he shot another officer in the arm. No wasted tax payers money on this killer.

  7. Lush Rimbaugh says:

    Idiot was probably drunk !!!! alcohol makes one do stupid things

  8. Ha! says:

    List the officers “injuries”. I’d be surprised if they amounted to more than bruised knuckles.

  9. Aunt Harriet says:

    It appears to me that they didn’t beat him enough. They should be showing a picture of this dirty f*%@ in a body bag!

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