Two sheriff's deputies patrolling the Metro Blue Line suffered wrist injuries early this morning when a train passenger became combative, a lieutenant said.
The encounter occurred about 1:30 a.m. at the Wardlow Station at Pacific Avenue and Wardlow Road, said Lt. Albert Maldonado of the Sheriff's Transit Services Bureau.
"It was the end of the line and they were clearing the train. The individual was sleeping on the train," Maldonado said. When the deputies got the man off the train, he began etching on a ticket dispenser, so deputies acted to stop him.
"He becomes combative, and he actually strikes one of our deputies," the lieutenant said. "They had to do a Take Down Maneuver and utilize Control Holds."
The suspect was taken into custody and would likely be booked on suspicion of assault on a police officer and vandalism, Maldonado said.
Both deputies had hurt wrists and were transported to Memorial Medical Center for treatment, he said.
-- City News Service