Richmond cops volley with tennis-racket-wielding suspect

Former tennis star John McEnroe seems rather level-headed when compared to the tennis-racket-wielding suspect who was taken down by Richmond police officers Monday night.

Even ex-tennis star John McEnroe is level-headed comparing to the tennis racket-wielding suspect who was taken down by Richmond police officers on Monday.

An officer suffered a minor hand injury while arresting one of two defiant suspects in the 700 block of Florida Avenue, police said.

The incident unfolded around 7:15 p.m. when the patrolling Richmond cops spotted two men ages 26 and 30 embroiled in a heated argument. One of the suspects was armed with a tennis racket, police spokesperson Sgt. Nicole Abetkov said.

The suspects, both Richmond residents, fled when they spotted the cops. One was apprehended right away and resisted while being slapped in handcuffs, Abetkov said. The other ran westbound on Florida Avenue before being taken into custody.

But the resistance didn’t end there.

“They continued to not go along with program, with one trying to take off running after being handcuffed,” Abetkov said. “The officers struggled with him again to get him back into custody.”

The identities of the suspects have not been released. They were both booked into jail on felony charges of fighting with a peace officer.

Aside from the officer’s hand injury, no other injuries were reported, Abetkov said.