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Anderson Police: Ex-Inmate Tried to Take Officer's Gun

Published On: Sep 23 2012 06:44:15 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 23 2012 06:59:02 PM CDT

Anderson Police said a former state prison inmate tried to take the gun of an officer attempting to arrest him inside a 7-11 store.

Police said 19 year-old Tyler Woods, of Anderson, was spotted inside the store by an officer around 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

Woods is back in Shasta County on post-release community supervision, part of California's attempt to balance the budget through realignment and Assembly Bill 109.

The officer recognized Woods because he was wanted for an outstanding warrant.

When the officer contacted Woods he allegedly began to threaten the officer and a fight ensued.

Police and witnesses said Woods tried to grab the officer's gun from his holster.

Loretta Espinosa was working the cash register of the store during the fight.

"The officer had the suspect by the ankles but he kept grabbing for his gun," recounted Espinosa.

"There were a couple people outside the store yelling at the guy to stop what he was doing."

Espinosa said she knew she had to think quick.

"I was thinking for a minute that he was probably going to get the gun and I didn't want anything to happen to the officer of anyone standing outside."

Espinosa said she called 911 and backup showed up to  help subdue Woods.

Woods was booked into the Shasta County Jail on suspicion of battering an officer, taking a firearm from an officer, as well as a probation violation and other outstanding warrants.

The officer was taken to Shasta Regional Medical Center where he was treated for minor injuries.

The incident has sparked Anderson Police to speak out against Assembly Bill 109.

"The idealistic concept of non-violent parolees being released into our counties and rehabilitated in lieu of being accountable for their crimes is simply not working. Citizens and law enforcement officers are being victimized and exposed to additional risks," said Sergeant Sean Miller.