EL CAJON, CA – A convicted felon is in custody for the attempted murder of a police officer by trying to hit him in the head with an aluminum baseball bat on March 4th.
An officer with the El Cajon Police Department responded to a Walmart in the Parkway Plaza on Fletcher Parkway just before 4 pm for a report of a man trying to steal sporting goods.
The loss prevention officer for Walmart had alleged that the suspect was threatening customers and employees while trying to steal multiple items from inside the store.
A man who allegedly tried to kill an El Cajon police officer last week by attacking him with a baseball bat is behind bars, police said https://t.co/7jGjLtBCUY
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) March 11, 2022
When an officer arrived on the scene, the unidentified officer made contact with the suspect, identified as 26-year-old Julian Sebastien Kurko, who was exiting the store armed with a bat.
The officer apparently attempted to defuse the situation with Kurko as he could be heard asking him if they could both sit down and talk on the body-worn camera footage released by the agency.
El Cajon Police Lieutenant Randy Soulard reported the officer could be heard saying:
“Hi there, man. Can we just sit down for a second and talk about what’s going on?”
Kurko refused to sit down with the officer and allegedly started to approach the officer in a threatening manner.
The officer can be heard ordering Kurko to drop the bat three times before he can be seen on the body-worn camera charging at the officer while getting ready to swing the bat.
Kurko got close to the officer and swung the bat in the direction of the officer’s head. The officer was able to use his arm to deflect the hit and a struggle ensued as the officer attempted to defend himself and take Kurko into custody.
A man who allegedly tried to kill an El Cajon police officer with a bat last week was behind bars Tuesday.
Body-worn camera footage of the incident shows the man swinging at the officer and saying, “I want to kill you, bro.”https://t.co/Jap10oJGwN
— KUSI News (@KUSINews) March 9, 2022
As the officer attempted to take him into custody, Kurko could be heard telling the officer several times:
“I want to kill you, bro.”
The officer was able to gain control of Kurko and take him into custody after additional officers arrived on the scene to assist. El Cajon Police Lieutenant Will Guerin said:
“Once other officers arrived on scene, the suspect was handcuffed and placed under arrest, but continued to violently struggle, at which time he was placed into further restraints to protect his safety and the safety of the officers.”
The El Cajon Police Officer suffered what was reported as minor injuries during the attack and has already returned to full duty. There is no report if Kurko suffered any injuries while he was attacking the officer.
The El Cajon Police Department released body camera footage showing a theft suspect taking a swing at an officer with a baseball bat outside of a Walmart last Friday. https://t.co/FxQgbldwcC
— NBC 7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) March 9, 2022
Kurko was arrested and charged with the attempted murder of a police officer and armed robbery. He was transported to the San Diego County Jail where he is currently in custody.
The El Cajon Police Department reported that Kurko has had a violent history in the past, specifically against police officers. They reported that Kurko has three felony convictions for violent crimes between 2014 and 2019. Of those, two of the felony convictions were by victimizing police officers.
Officers were able to eventually subdue the attacker and take him to jail.
An Orlando Police officer was assigned to cover a school crossing guard post, which usually is a rather boring assignment.
However, in this case, 33-year-old James Mossetty apparently did not like the fact that there was a police officer in the area and began banging on his marked police car while the officer was inside.
The Orlando Police Department reported that the physical attack from Mossetty was so intense that the officer had difficulty providing updates on the police radio.
Officer Michelle Rogers of the Orlando Police Department reported that detectives with their Real-Time Crime Center were able to pull up the officer’s live body camera and update responding officers.
The officer fired both cartridges on his department-issued Taser which had little to no effect on Mossetty, who continued his violent attacks until additional officers arrived on the scene to assist.
Mossetty was transported to a nearby hospital where he was treated for what is described as minor injuries. When he was released from the hospital, he was turned over to the Orange County Jail where he is currently being held.
The officer was also transported to a local hospital where he was treated for what was described as minor injuries. The officer was treated and released according to Officer Rogers.
The Orlando Police Department has not released any information up to this point as to what caused Mossetty to allegedly attack the officer as he sat in his marked police car.
Recent encounters with Mossetty began in October of 2021 when he refused to leave the Orlando Regional Medical Center Emergency room.
When the officers arrived at the hospital, they ordered him to leave the property several times and he refused.
His continued refusals forced officers to arrest him for trespassing and he was transported to the Orange County jail and booked. Mossetty was released from jail on that charge four days after being arrested, October 16th.
Instead of leaving on his own, as most people would do, he refused to leave the jail and instead took a fighting stance with a deputy.
Mossetty then allegedly pushed the deputy with both of his hands and as the deputy attempted to arrest him, he began to run away.
The deputy and correctional staff from the jail were able to catch up to Mossetty and take him to the ground so they could gain control over him. When on the ground, Mossetty began to brace and put his arms under his chest preventing the deputy from taking him into custody.
The corrections officer then used a department-issued Taser and delivered a drive stun to his back. When Mossetty was Tased, the deputy was able to gain compliance and place him under arrest without further incident.
Mossetty received what appeared to be minor injuries and was transported to the Orlando Regional Medical Center for treatment. While there, he allegedly threw a sandwich at a deputy and later tried to kick the deputy while he was attempting to take his picture.
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