FAIRFIELD — Police officers swarmed Lee Bell Park on Tuesday afternoon after one of their own was attacked by an allegedly intoxicated man at the park.
Officers tried to arrest the man at approximately 4:20 p.m., In response, the man jumped up swinging, said Lt. Greg Hurlbut.
The man allegedly hit the officer a couple of times, Hurlbut said before the officer’s partner deployed a K-9 unit.
Close to two dozen officers swarmed the park and they overpowered the man, who Hurlbut described as a man in his late 20s, and dragged him off in handcuffs.
Hurlbut said the suspect and the officer were both taken to NorthBay Medical Center to be treated for their injuries.
Police also arrested a woman for allegedly being drunk in public, Hurlbut said.
The man’s arrest was part of increased enforcement efforts to reduce problems at Lee Bell and other city parks, Hurlbut said. The city recently removed benches and picnic tables from the park to discourage loitering.
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