RED BLUFF, Calif. - Red Bluff Police say a man tried to murder one of their officers by running him down with his vehicle.
Police say the officer was taking a woman's statement in the area of Pine Street, when the woman's estranged husband drove straight at them at a high rate of speed. The suspect is identified as 40-year-old Darren Ramsey. Police say Ramsey hit both the officer and a woman, and hit a power pole. The officer and woman suffered minor injuries, but are expected to be OK.
Police say Ramsey exited the vehicle and attacked the officer, attempting to take the officer's firearm from its holster. Police say Ramsey was able to remove a magazine from the officer's duty belt, but not the firearm. Ramsey acknowledged intentionally driving his car at his wife and the officer as well as attempting to get the officer's gun from him.
During the incident, several bystanders came to the aid of the officer and attempted to restrain Ramsey. He was taken into custody after other officers arrived on scene. After being treated for minor injuries at the hospital Ramsey was booked on charges of Attempted Murder of a Police Officer, Attempted Murder, Attempted Removal of an Officer's Firearm, Resisting an Executive Officer, Domestic Violence and Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
The Red Bluff Police Department states that it appreciates the bystanders in their efforts to assist and protect the officer.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Red Bluff Police Department at (530) 527-3131.