An Arizona domestic violence suspect was charged on Monday after he allegedly beat a Phoenix police officer last month, causing serious injuries.
Rudy Gomez, 24, was charged Thursday with eight counts by the Maricopa County District Attorney’s Office. His charges include one count of assault, three counts of aggravated assault and four counts of endangerment.
Wounded officer George Manciu was responding to a domestic violence dispute on Central Avenue and Thomas Road in Phoenix around 9:35 p.m. on April 30. As the officer was talking to a woman, who said she was assaulted by Gomez, the suspect approached Manciu “in a very agitated manner.”
“Gomez assaulted the officer, who ended up on the ground, Gomez punched him multiple times in the face and kicked him while he was down,” the Phoenix Police Department said. in a press release. The incident was filmed by the policeman’s camera.
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According to court documents obtained by FOX 10 Phoenix, the officer suffered a fractured nasal septum, fractured nasal bone and fractured eye sockets. He also had a laceration above his eye and on the back of his head.
“[The officer] was rendered unconscious and did not remember why he was in the hospital,” the documents read. His injuries were serious but not life-threatening, and the officer has since been released from hospital.
Court documents alleged that Gomez admitted to drinking and was angry with the mother of his children because “she left without giving him a chance to say goodbye.” [sic] to children,” according to FOX 10. The suspect “knew he was going to be arrested,” but denied hitting the woman.
“I just flipped,” Gomez reportedly said of the attack. “My rage just came out.”
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“As a community, we should be deeply concerned about the increase in violence directed against our men and women in law enforcement,” County Attorney Rachel Mitchell said in a statement.
“Next week marks the start of National Police Week. It’s a great time to recognize those who put their lives on the line to protect us and thank them for their courageous service. Every week should be Police Week. police,” the statement added.
The Phoenix Law Enforcement Association (PLEA) denounced the attack, accusing the media of downplaying the severity of the officer’s injuries by calling them non-fatal.
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“The officer’s injuries are horrific…he was almost unrecognizable just minutes after the assault. It is nothing short of miraculous that he survived,” reads the statement from PLEA.