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Deputy injured while trying to stop man from hitting red light camera in Encinitas

Posted: 5:15 PM, Dec 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-16 04:40:01Z
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ENCINITAS (KGTV) - A San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy was injured on Saturday when trying to stop a man from hitting a red light camera with a bat.

Reports came in around 2:36 p.m. of a man on a ladder reportedly hitting red light cameras with a baseball bat at the intersection of North El Camino Real and Encinitas Boulevard in Encinitas. The man was identified as 53-year-old Frederick Gramcko. At the same time, a Sheriff's deputy was driving by and saw Gramcko allegedly hitting the camera. The deputy stopped and ordered him to drop the baseball bat, according to a press release. Gramcko refused to comply. The deputy attempted to disable Gramcko with his taser, but it malfunctioned, the sheriff's department said.

Gramcko then reportedly swung the bat at the deputy, attempting to hit him. The deputy transitioned to his baton and hit Gramcko in order to subdue him. A short foot pursuit ensued westbound on Encinitas Boulevard onto the Shell gas station parking lot on the southwest corner of the intersection. When the deputy caught up, Gramcko turned around and attacked him, according to the sheriff's department. Other deputies arrived on scene and Gramcko was arrested. He was transported to a hospital before being booked into the Vista Detention Facility for attempted murder of a peace officer.

The deputy was transported to Scripps Encinitas, where he was treated for multiple fractures, the press release states.