A 34-year-old man yesterday led Palo Alto police on a wild chase through downtown Palo Alto, attacking an officer at one point, wrestling him to the ground, pulling the officer's holstered handgun and pointing it at him before being restrained.
Palo Alto police arrested 34-year-old Ryan Goodson of Fresno on Feb. 6, following a violent struggle downtown. Courtesy Palo Alto Police Department.
About five minutes later, police received a second 9-1-1 call reporting a possible burglary in progress at Da Hookah Spot. The 235 University Ave. hookah lounge was closed at the time, but a caller reported seeing a man jump through one of business' plate-glass windows and run down Ramona Street toward Lytton Avenue. A third call came in at the same time from Mills the Florist, also at 235 University Ave., reporting the man had walked into an employee-only area of the flower shop and then into Da Hookah Spot through an interior entryway. Both calls gave similar descriptions of the man, who was later identified by police as Ryan Goodson of Fresno.
The search continued, with an officer spotting Goodson walking westbound on Lytton Avenue approaching Emerson Street shortly before 3 pm. The officer attempted to detain Goodson, who police said was bleeding from a cut on his head. Goodson immediately attacked the officer and the two "began struggling on the sidewalk," according to a statement from the police. Goodson managed to rip the officer's holstered gun, a Glock 22 .40 caliber handgun, from his belt and pointed it at him, but was unable to remove the weapon from the holster so it would not fire, despite his attempts to reach the trigger.
As the two wrestled on the sidewalk for control of the handgun, the officer's head hit an electrical box. Goodson also bit him on the shoulder, police said.
Within 30 seconds of the attack, two other officers arrived and one of them using his Taser to restrain Goodson. Police said Goodson continued to resist even after he was handcuffed. They used a leg immobilization device to control him.
Goodson sustained moderate injuries to his head and mouth. Police said they believe those injuries were primarily a result of jumping through Da Hookah Spot's glass window. Paramedics from the Palo Alto Fire Department transported Goodson to a local hospital, where he remained under police custody until he was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for four felony charges: taking a peace officer's firearm, resisting arrest with violence, brandishing a deadly weapon while resisting, and battery on a peace officer with injury.
The officer who was involved in the initial scuffle sustained "moderate" injuries to his hands and knees, police said, as well as pain to his head and minor injuries on his shoulder. He has been treated and released by a local hospital. A second officer received minor injuries on his hands, but declined medical treatment. No other officers were injured.
Anyone who witnessed this suspect's behavior, or who has information about this incident, is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.