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Video: Shasta County Deputy Punches Party-Goer

Cellphone footage of a Cottonwood party on Saturday shows a deputy punching a party-goer.

Posted: Nov 5, 2018 5:09 PM
Updated: Nov 6, 2018 10:33 AM

COTTONWOOD, Calif. - Cellphone footage of a Cottonwood party on Saturday shows a deputy punching a party-goer.

According to the police report, the Shasta County Sheriff's Office received a call from neighbors about a party that was out of control.

The incident happened on Collin Court in Cottonwood Saturday night.

When officers arrived on the scene, things got out of hand.

Cellphone video shows one officer shouting at the people in the house and another punching a person.

"He threw him on the ground and whacked him in the back of the head with a flashlight," said Jillian Hammer, a witness at the party. "There was blood everywhere. Before that cop did that another cop tried to stop him."

That man was 26-year-old Alex Gattica who witnesses say was sitting on the floor yelling for deputies to stop beating 27-year-old Tad Pfrimmer who lived at the home.

Shasta County Undersheriff Eric Magrini said Gattica allegedly got to his feet and made a fist before officers attempted to subdue him.

But the video shows Gattica sitting on the floor of the living room when an unidentified sheriff's deputy charges at him and begins beating him.

Pfrimmer and Gattica were both charged with resisting arrest.

But Pfrimmer said he was sleeping and pulled out of bed by deputies, a statement corroborated by several witnesses.

"There's a room near the living room that they go into," Hammer said. "And there's a guy in there, and we're pretty sure he's laying down. And they started like beating him with the baton and punching him and kicking him. And after a while, he ended up passing out."

The Sheriff's office says Pfrimmer was on probation.

Hammer, who shot one of the videos says she and other people were pepper sprayed for filming the incident.

"He looks at my camera because I'm recording the whole thing and notices I'm recording and takes out his pepper spray and tells us to sit down," she said. "And not even one second later is spraying us with pepper spray."

Magrini said deputies were outnumbered and felt threatened. That's why they felt the need to use pepper spray.

According to the police report, nine deputies initially responded to the call and additional officers from the Anderson Police Department and CHP Shasta and Tehama counties showed up to assist.

The owner of the house was out of town and said his son threw the party.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office released a statement on Facebook regarding the incident. 

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