01/20/2012

Transient charged in baton attack on Calif. officer

Prosecutors on Thursday filed an assault charge on a 38-year-old transient who allegedly attacked a police officer the day before

By Tracy Manzer
Press-Telegram

LONG BEACH, Calif. — Prosecutors on Thursday filed an assault charge on a 38-year-old transient who allegedly attacked a police officer the day before, using the officer's baton and reaching for her gun, authorities said.

The patrol officer was working in the area of the 1400 block of East Ocean Boulevard at about 1:20 p.m. Wednesday when she saw the suspect, identified as Michael Bangerter, picking through recycle bins, said Nancy Pratt a Long Beach Police Department spokeswoman,

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