UPDATE: Deputy recovering after being punched by suspected drug user

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By Tammy Murga & Jim Holt

Signal Staff Writers

A sheriff’s deputy who was punched in the face as he tried to arrest a man on suspicion of drug possession Thursday night was reported to be recovering from the attack on Friday.

The deputy, whose name was not disclosed, suffered minor injuries.

“The deputy is doing fine,” said Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

“He was treated and released at hospital,” she said.

The attack happened, allegedly, after deputies responded to reports of a stolen vehicle in Valencia.

“The initial call came in for a report of a stolen vehicle in the parking lot,” Sgt. Dennis Dominguez said Thursday night.

Deputies arrived at the scene just after 8 p.m. to Bridgeport Marketplace by Newhall Ranch Road and McBean Parkway, where they located a suspect, allegedly in possession of narcotics, rummaging through a vehicle, Dominguez added.

As one deputy tried to arrest the suspect, the man hit the deputy and tried to run away.

“A minor scuffle resulted between the suspect and three deputies,” said Dominguez.

First responders with the Los Angeles County Fire Department also arrived on the scene for a report of an assault, said Supervisor Imy McBride.

The suspect was transported to a nearby hospital, and is expected to return to the Sheriff’s Station, where he could face multiple charges, including assault on an officer, possession of illegal drugs and resisting arrest.

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Reports of a stolen vehicle in Valencia prompted deputies to investigate, which resulted in a scuffle between a handful of Santa Clarita Valley sheriff’s deputies and a suspect who resisted arrest Thursday night.

“The initial call came in for a report of a stolen vehicle in the parking lot,” said Sgt. Dennis Dominguez.

Deputies arrived at the scene just after 8 p.m. to Bridgeport Marketplace by Newhall Ranch Road and McBean Parkway, where they located a suspect, allegedly in possession of narcotics, rummaging through a vehicle, Dominguez added.

As one deputy attempted to arrest the male individual, the suspect hit the deputy and tried to flee the scene.

“A minor scuffle resulted between the suspect and three deputies,” said Dominguez. First responders with the Los Angeles County Fire Department also arrived on the scene for a report of an assault, according to Supervisor Imy McBride.

The man was transported to a nearby hospital, and is expected to return to the Sheriff’s Station, where he could face multiple charges, including assault on an officer, possession of illegal drugs and resisting arrest.

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Tammy Murga

Tammy Murga

Tammy Murga covers city hall and business for The Signal. She joined in the summer of 2018, previously working in Northern California as an assistant editor and reporter for the Lake County Record-Bee. In 2016, she graduated from Mount Saint Mary's University, Los Angeles. Have a story tip? Message her on Twitter or at [email protected]