Suspect arrested for domestic violence, injuring Santa Barbara Police officer

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A man was arrested Sunday morning after police say he attacked a woman, stole her car and then injured a police officer.

According to the Santa Barbara Police Department, grave yard shift officers received a call about a domestic violence incident that occurred in the middle of a Santa Barbara street.

When officers arrived, the victim and suspect were not in the area but they were able to speak to a witness.

Hours after the initial call, officers received word that the victim from the earlier domestic violence incident  was admitted to a hospital emergency room.

The victim suffered multiple visible injuries and reported being choked and kicked by the suspect. She also reported that the victim stole her vehicle.

Police officers obtained an emergency protective order and issued a 'Be On the Lookout' (BOL) for the suspect.

On Sunday morning, daywatch officers received a report that the victim's stolen car was left abandoned off of the side of US-101 near the Milpas onramp. 

While responding to the stolen vehicle, the victim's family called police to report that the suspect had returned to the victim's residence on the 100 block of Alisos Street near Quinientos Street.

Officers arrived at the residence to find the suspect engaged in a verbal confrontation with a person on scene. Officers positively identified the suspect and immediately intervened,

As officers attempted to arrest the man, he resisted and a struggle ensued on the front lawn of the home. During the struggle, one of the officers suffered serious injuries.

Officers were able to take the suspect into custody without him suffering any injuries. Responding officers maintained custody of the suspect until additional police units could arrive.

The suspect was arrested and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on $250,000 bail. He faces possible charges for domestic violence, resisting a peace officer causing injury, assault with a deadly weapon, stolen vehicle and dissuading a witness.  

The identity of the suspect has not been released.

The injured officer was transferred to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and was treated for his injuries. He suffered a broken bone other injuries that may require surgery.

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