Police: El Cajon officer struck in the head with hammer during foot pursuit

Posted at 1:29 PM, Aug 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-08 22:43:56-04

EL CAJON, Calif. (KGTV) -- An El Cajon Police officer is recovering after being hit in the head with a hammer during a foot pursuit with a suspect. 

According to police, the incident happened near West Douglas Avenue and Van Houten Avenue. 

Police responded the scene after a suspect, later identified as Robert Dille, 30, reportedly shattered several windows at a Jack in the Box while trying to rob an armored truck making a delivery. Once they arrived, officers chased the suspect on foot. 

During the chase, Dille struck an officer in the head with a hammer after a Taser was ineffective. The officer was taken to the hospital before being treated and released.