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VIDEO: Bodycam Captures Man Beating LAPD Officer With Cop’s Own Gun, Trying To Shoot Him

Los Angeles, CA – Security and bodycam footage captured the moment when a veteran Los Angeles police officer was viciously assaulted and nearly shot during a brazen attack inside a police station (video below).

Police said that the suspect pointed a gun at the officer’s chest and throat and repeatedly pulled the trigger, but that a safety feature on the weapon stopped it from firing, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The incident occurred inside the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Harbor Community station in San Pedro just after 10 p.m. on Sept. 26.

Security footage showed the suspect, 29-year-old Jose Cerpa Guzman, as he drove up to the front doors of the station in a white truck and repeatedly slammed his tailgate before storming inside.

He was met by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Officer Anthony Freeman, a 37-year department veteran, who was working the front desk that night, LAPD Media Relations Division Captain Stacy Spell said in the video release.

The officer began backpedaling nearly immediately as Guzman advanced on him, and the two men appeared to argue in the moments that followed.

Guzman ultimately turned, walked out of the lobby, and repeatedly slammed one of the doors against a wall, only to charge back inside a second later, bodycam footage showed.

The officer backed away, but his attacker was able to land a right-handed blow to the side of the officer’s head.

The officer squared off with Guzman and attempted to back away, but was knocked backwards onto the floor by another punch to the head, the videos showed.

Guzman stood over him, then dove down towards the officer’s holstered 9mm Beretta duty weapon, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The suspect yanked the gun multiple times as the officer tried to fight him off and to retain his weapon, the video showed.

Guzman ultimately “managed to remove the gun from the officer’s holster,” Capt. Spell said.

The men locked arms and wrestled on the ground, at which point Guzman aimed the gun towards the officer’s chin and chest, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Officer Freeman continued fighting for his life as Guzman gained control of the gun and ruthlessly pistol-whipped him with it, the video showed.

He repeatedly “hit the officer on the head with the gun, causing lacerations,” Capt. Spell said.

Officer Freeman managed to knock the gun from Guzman’s hand a moment later, but the suspect quickly regained control and snatched the weapon back up.

He then pointed the firearm at the officer’s neck and chest at close range before freeing himself from the officer’s grasp and running back towards the lobby doors, the video showed.

As Guzman fled from the building, LAPD watch commander Sergeant Robin Aguirre ran into the lobby area, NTD reported.

“He got my gun!” Officer Freeman warned her.

The suspect fired at Sgt. Aguirre as she reached the door, at which point she dove to her left and took cover behind a partial wall and returned fire.

Bodycam footage showed Officer Freeman dripping blood onto the lobby floor as the gun battle ensued.

“Guzman fired at the sergeant, who then returned fire,” Capt. Spell confirmed.

Investigators said the suspect fired three rounds during the attack, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The watch commander sent out a radio alert that shots had been fired at the station and an officer was in need of help.

“Oh s–t,” Officer Freeman said, breathing heavily as blood gushed from his head wounds. “I’m starting to black out.”

Sgt. Aguirre told officers to be on the lookout for a suspect in a white truck, which was soon spotted heading southbound on Harbor Boulevard, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Police stopped the vehicle at gunpoint in the area of Pacific Avenue and West 18th Street after a brief pursuit, and ended up in a physical altercation with Guzman before he was taken into custody.

He suffered “minor abrasions” during his arrest and was transported to a hospital for treatment before being booked into jail, Capt. Spell said.

One of the officers suffered a broken hand in during the fight, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Investigators found the Officer Freeman’s loaded 9mm Beretta duty weapon inside the suspect’s vehicle, according to Capt. Spell.

Officer Freeman was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

LAPD Chief Michael Moore said after the attack that the veteran officer will make a full recovery, according to KABC.

Officer Freeman had not returned to work yet as of Wednesday, NTD reported.

Guzman has been charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, robbery, resisting an executive officer, and fleeing a pursuing peace officer, according to the LAPD.

The department has not revealed a motive for the attack, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The LAPD Force Investigation Division is handling the ongoing investigation into the incident.

LAPD union president Craig Lally said that there was “no rhyme or reason” for the vicious assault.

“It just shows you how dangerous this job is now,” Lally told the Los Angeles Times. “You don’t even have to be responding to a call now. You can just be sitting in a car in a uniform or sitting at a desk in a uniform and get attacked.”

Lally said that the videos clearly showed that Guzman intended to kill Officer Freeman.

“This was a brutal, unprovoked attack on one of our officers where the suspect clearly tried to kill a cop,” the union president told NTD. “Thanks to the efficient and professional work of our officers, this menace is off of our streets and we hope he stays there. There should be no leniency for an attempted cop killer.”

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic Content and Obscene Language:

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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