Police arrest man suspected of pointing replica gun at officer

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A 37-year-old Santa Rosa man was arrested Sunday after police said he hit a man with a baseball bat and then pointed a replica firearm at an officer before fleeing.

Officers were called just before noon to Third and Railroad streets for a reported assault. When an officer attempted to approach a man, later identified as Jaime Tapia Vasquez, who matched the description of the suspect, the man drew what appeared to be a firearm, the Santa Rosa Police Department said in a statement.

The officer took cover since several people were around Tapia Vasquez, who then fled to the Prince Memorial Greenway, police said. The officer gave chase, spotting the man hiding in some bushes. As he tried to arrest Tapia Vasquez, a scuffle ensued. Arriving officers used a baton and Taser to detain the man, police said.

After the arrest, police said, officers determined the firearm Tapia Vasquez was carrying was a replica. Tapia Vasquez, who was treated and released from a local hospital, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing a replica gun, battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and violating probation.

Police said the man he’s suspected of assaulting was taken to a local hospital with a leg injury.

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