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    Teen pulls knife on officers during Santa Rosa altercation


    Santa Rosa police say a 17-year-old who was arrested Thursday after an altercation with five law enforcement officers pulled a knife at one point during the scuffle near Elsie Allen High School.

    The youth also kicked one officer in the knee, while two other officers and a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy suffered moderate injuries before the suspect was finally subdued, authorities said.

    The fracas ensued after a 5 a.m. call from Burgess Drive in which a resident reported that a suspicious subject was walking back and forth in front of her house and on her porch, talking loudly to himself, police said.

    He also was yelling as passing vehicles and at one point threw an object at one car that slowed down, the resident said.

    When officers arrived to investigate, the teen was agitated and non-compliant with basic requests for identification before producing the knife from a back pocket, police said.

    The officers wrestled the knife away during what became a physical fight. Police used a Taser stun gun and pepper spray to try to subdue him without success, authorities said.

    Back-up officers arrived and the altercation continued until the youth was handcuffed and restrained.

    He was taken for psychological evaluation, and later released to his guardians, with a citation to appear in Juvenile Court, police said.

    Police learned that the teen had been reported missing around 2 a.m. Thursday and was reported to be suffering from depression and possible mental illness.

    The two police officers, a police sergeant and a deputy hurt in the melee were treated for moderate injuries and released, authorities said.

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