California officer critically injured in skateboard attack

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (AP) — Police in the city of South San Francisco say an officer was struck in the head with a skateboard and critically injured while chasing a suspect.

A police statement released early Friday said the officer was in surgery. The officer was pursuing the suspect Thursday afternoon after getting a report that someone was causing a disturbance.

Authorities say the man fled on a skateboard and then turned and used it to knock the officer unconscious. Another officer arrested the man.

The injured officer’s name hasn’t been released. Police didn’t immediately return a telephone message seeking further information on the officer’s condition. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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