Man in Jail After Assaulting Police Officers with Chemical Substance
Photo: scene of the incident (witness video snap)
A man in Newport Beach was arrested on several violent charges after he resisted police officers by throwing a chemical substance at them.
At 2:48 PM on July 7, 2019, concerned residents in the 800 block of Amigos Way made several 911 calls to report what they believed to be a domestic dispute in a neighboring apartment.
When Newport Beach police arrived to address the situation, they were met with a 43-year-old Hispanic man armed with a knife, suspect Pedro Jesus Dominguez Mendez. “Mendez was uncooperative and assaulted multiple officers by throwing a chemical substance at them,” the news release reported.
The substance was later identified as ammonia. One of the officers shot at Mendez in order to prevent further harm, but Mendez avoided being hit and fled back to his apartment unscathed.
Mendez finally surrendered to police shortly after 5:00 PM, following attempts to negotiate by the Newport Beach Police Department Crisis Response Unit. He was arrested for domestic violence, resisting an officer with force, and assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer.
Three police officers received treatment for ammonia exposure from the Newport Beach Fire Department. Two of those officers required additional treatment at a local hospital but were released later on.