Rough arrest of suspect caught on video in Murrieta

A Murrieta police officer was patrolling in the area of the CVS Pharmacy in the 25000 block of Hancock Avenue. A bystander alerted the officer to a man inside the store who appeared to be under the influence of drugs and was creating a disturbance.

The officer entered the store and attempted to detain Rojo, who is listed in jail records as 5-foot-5 and 130 pounds.

Rojo began fighting with the officer, grabbing onto the officer's holstered gun, police said in a news release. The two fought for possession of the gun inside the store, and the officer was able to radio for help.

The officer eventually was able to break free, and Rojo fled the store. The officer caught up with him, and they struggled again, with Rojo again attempting to disarm the officer, police said.

Additional officers arrived and attempted "multiple force techniques" in an attempt to stop Rojo from attempting to disarm the officer. The news release did not describe the officers' specific uses of force.

The officers eventually arrested Rojo.

He and the officer with the broken hand were treated for their injuries at medical facilities.

The incident is being reviewed by investigators, and the use of force is being reviewed as a matter of policy, police said.

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