It’s a good thing he didn’t shoot him.
Deputy Brandon Love is shown with his wife Nicole in a photo posted to the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station Facebook page on Aug. 20, 2014. (KTLA)
A 21 year-old male sucker-punched a sheriff’s deputy at the Lakewood Mall on Friday. Frankie Estrada was already on probation for attacking another peace officer. Estrada punched the deputy unconscious when he reached down to grab his keys.
The Los Angeles Register reported:
A 21-year-old Bell Gardens man who allegedly beat a sheriff’s deputy unconscious at the Lakewood Mall on Friday was already on probation for another battery incident against a peace officer, according to court records.
Frankie Estrada pleaded not guilty Tuesday to felony charges of attempted murder of a peace officer, aggravated mayhem and unlawful sex with a minor, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
At about 8 p.m. Friday, two deputies were responding to a domestic incident between Estrada and a female at the mall when Estrada suddenly punched one of the deputies and knocked him to the ground, officials said. Estrada then began kicking and stomping on the deputy’s head and neck before bystanders at the scene pushed him away.
The deputy suffered severe injuries and remained hospitalized in serious condition Tuesday. He is a 10-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department and has been at the Lakewood station six months, said Capt. Keith Swensson.
At the time of the Lakewood incident, Estrada was on probation for misdemeanor battery against a peace officer, Los Angeles Superior Court records show. Estrada was charged with felony assault and battery against a peace officer and misdemeanor battery against a peace officer in March at the Compton Courthouse.
Here’s video of police on the scene Friday.