Transient Shot and Arrested on Suspicion of Assaulting Off-Duty Policeman
Photo: Thomas V. Whalen
EL CERRITO — A transient was hospitalized and arrested on suspicion of assaulting an off-duty police officer last weekend. The incident which resulted in the suspect being shot is still under investigation by authorities seeking possible witnesses.
On August 25, shortly before 10 p.m., a homeless man allegedly assaulted an off-duty cop. The incident occurred near San Pablo Avenue and Moeser Lane, about three blocks south of the El Cerrito Police Station.
Thomas V. Whalen, 44, who is homeless, was arrested based on preliminary evidence gathered by investigators. Whalen allegedly used a rock as a weapon to assault the off-duty policeman.
A prepared statement released by El Cerrito police said. “The officer employed by the San Francisco Police Department subsequently shot Mr. Whalen.”
Whalen received medical treatment and was then booked for assault with a deadly weapon, other than a firearm on a peace officer. He was held in lieu of $75,000 bond.
Detectives from El Cerrito and senior inspectors from the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the matter. Evidence is still being evaluated but thus far no witnesses have been located.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco Police Department Internal Affairs Division is conducting a separate administrative investigation. The officer involved is presently on paid administrative leave.
El Cerrito PD has been unable to locate any potential witnesses thus far. Anyone who saw what happened can call the El Cerrito PD detective unit at 510-237-3233.