By Ed Diokno
An Asian American police officer is still in critical condition after being struck with a skateboard during a chase on Thanksgiving Day in a San Francisco Bay Area city.
Chon, a 12-year department veteran who is married with two young children, underwent emergency surgery for “traumatic head injuries” at a San Francisco hospital Thursday and is being closely monitored, police Chief Jeff Azzopardi said.
Azzopardi described the confrontation in a news conference: Chon was on patrol riding a police motorcycle in the 300 block of Grand Avenue around 2:20 p.m. when someone waved him down and told him a man was causing a disturbance at a nearby business. Witnesses said the man appeared confused and was either urinating or trying to urinate on the sidewalk.
“Several patrons reported the subject acting aggressively and irrationally,” Azzopardi said. “He immediately became confrontational.”
The suspect was identified as Luis Alberto Ramos-Coreas, a 28-year-old South San Francisco resident who has a long history of confrontations with the police.
“I ask that you keep our South San Francisco police officer and his family in your thoughts and prayers in this most critical time,” said Azzopardi, “as well as hope and pray for his speedy and complete recovery.”
No questions were taken after statements by Azzopardi and Mayor Mark Addiego. A GoFundMe page has been created by fellow police officers to support him and his family.