Man arrested after allegedly assaulting officers


NEWPORT BEACH (CNS) – Officers fired on a domestic violence suspect but did not hit him after he allegedly threatened officers with a knife and threw some kind of chemical at them today in Newport Beach, police said. The incident began with a number of 911 calls made to police about 2:45 p.m. from the 800 block of Amigos Way.

Responding officers were confronted by Pedro Jesus Dominguez Mendez, who allegedly was uncooperative and armed with a knife, police said. Mendez allegedly then threw some sort of chemical at the officers, who responded by firing on Mendez but missed him, police said.

Mendez responded by retreating into his apartment. Police then called in the department’s crisis response team which eventually talked Mendez into surrendering about two-and-a half hours later, the department said. Three officers were treated for exposure to a caustic chemical; two were hospitalized.

Mendez was booked for a variety of charges, domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and resisting an officers with force, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call Newport Beach police at 949-644-3797.


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