By Christy McLeap

According to officials a Hemet police officer was attacked with the 3-inch pin from his own badge Thursday, September 8th by a transient who leaped out of a wheelchair at him.

The San Bernardino Sun reports that 46-year-old Gerald Owen Peachie was arrested around 8 a.m. yesterday on East Florida Avenue in Hemet.

Jail records show that Peachie was later booked for assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, investigation of battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. His bail has been set at $25,000.

Lt. Eric Dickson said in a written statement that the scuffle started after the officer was investigating a disturbance call at a gas station along the 2100 block of East Florida Avenue. The reporting caller said that Gerald Peachie was arguing and yelling at a cleaning crew.

the statement said, “Peachie…was sitting in a wheelchair.” “As the officer got close to him, Peachie suddenly jumped out of the wheelchair and attacked the officer.”

During the fight both the officer and the transient fell to the ground and that’s when the officer’s badge was pulled from his uniform.

Lt. Eric Dickson wrote, “Peachie…grasped it so that the approximately three-inch steel pin portion of the badge was positioned between his knuckles.”  “Peachie then swung at the officer with the badge pin as a weapon.”

After it was all said and done Mr. Peachie lost the fight with the officer after he the policeman used his baton.


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