Richmond police officer punched during bust of armed man

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A Richmond police officer was punched during a bust involving a man who possessed a loaded gun with a homemade silencer early Monday, police said.

Officer Richard Ramos had been patrolling the 1200 block of Chanslor at about 1 a.m. when he attempted  to stop a reluctant bicyclist. The suspect dumped the bicycle and fled, clutching to his waistband area as he ran.

“After a short but explosive foot chase, the suspect stopped, turned and challenged the officer by taking a fighting stance,” police Lt. Felix Tan said. “The suspect swung his fists and landed a couple of punches on the officer. The officer fought back and managed to tackle the suspect to the ground.”

The suspect broke free and fled again, and the pursuing Ramos deployed his Taser, causing the suspect to fall to the ground. The suspect, however, “refused to surrender and kept reaching toward the front of his waistband,” police said.

After another struggle, the suspect again broke free, and a second attempt at using the Taser did not work. The officer and suspect grappled some more before another officer arrived and helped take the suspect into custody.

The suspect’s waistband concealed a loaded 9mm semi-auto pistol with what appeared to be a homemade silencer, Tan said.

He also possessed several bags of methamphetamine and a couple more loaded magazines for the gun, Tan said.

“We are relieved to report that our officer suffered only minor injuries and nobody else was hurt,” Tan said. “We are proud of our officer’s courage, tenacity and his ability to hold his composure during this explosive struggle with the armed suspect.”

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