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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.

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Visduh Sept. 17, 2013 @ 9:05 a.m.

Ever notice how these descriptions of dust-ups with the cops all sound about the same? The arrestee (or in too many cases, the dead person) is described as combative (not just uncooperative) and engaged in a struggle with one or more of the cops. And then, of course, reached for the cop's gun (or alternatively attempted to take the cop's gun.) This one is no exception, except that no shots were fired and it ended up in an arrest rather than calling the coroner.


Dave Rice Sept. 17, 2013 @ 2:09 p.m.

I thought your last sentence, given the "reached for an officer's gun" allegation, was really the noteworthy part of this story.


shirleyberan Sept. 17, 2013 @ 11:58 a.m.

Visduh - you are absolutely correct! The cops, even here, are overly-enthusiastic and missed the sensitivity training.


John Kitchin Oct. 6, 2013 @ 8:45 p.m.

The police need to worry that the Reader stringers may tell the complete truth, rather than the Union-Tribune method of "According to Authorities..." I have frequently been sent to jail just for telling the truth.


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