A scuffle ensued when police officers in La Mesa responded to a call about a fight outside an apartment on the 5600 block of Jackson Drive over the weekend, leaving both the suspect and an officer briefly hospitalized.
32-year-old Loren Montoya of Spring Valley was combative when contacted by officers on Saturday afternoon (September 14), lunging at one of them. Despite being struck by a taser, Montoya continued to struggle and is alleged to have reached for the gun of the officer he was fighting.
Eventually, after backup units responded from both the La Mesa and El Cajon Police Departments, the suspect was brought under control and taken into custody.
One officer sought hospital treatment for a hand injury, and Montoya was also hospitalized after complaining of shoulder pain. Both were treated briefly and released, with Montoya being subsequently booked into jail on three charges, all related to the fight with the officer.