Man smashes red light camera with bat, attacks deputy

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ENCINITAS, Calif. — A Sheriff’s deputy was injured in a fight with a man who climbed a ladder and started smashing a red light camera with a baseball bat in Encinitas Saturday.

Deputies got calls around 2:30 p.m. that a man was hitting the camera near a shopping center at El Camino Real and Encinitas Boulevard, a San Diego County Sheriff’s Department watch commander told FOX 5.

When a deputy arrived and ordered the man to stop, he turned around and started swinging the bat at the deputy. The deputy tried to use a taser on the man but it malfunctioned. The fight continued, with the man swinging his bat and the deputy trying to fight him off with a baton, according to Sheriff’s officials.

The man took off running and the deputy chased him, eventually stopping outside a gas station where they started fighting again. Finally, backup arrived and the man was handcuffed, then placed in a “WRAP” restraint. He was taken to Scripps La Jolla to be treated for his injuries and then booked into jail in Vista.

A Sheriff’s deputy was taken to Scripps Encinitas, where he was treated for multiple fractures, according to the department release. Officials did not clarify if it was the deputy involved in the original fight.

The Sheriff’s Department identified Frederick Gramcko, 53, as the man suspected of attacking the camera and then the deputy. He was charged with attempted murder of a peace officer.

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