Fairfield man accused of bear-spraying CHP officer in face during arrest
Photo: “Zip gun” seized during arrest | Fairfield PD
A man has been arrested in Fairfield after allegedly bear-spraying a CHP officer in the face during an arrest, leading to the discovery of a zip gun in his backpack, according to police.
On the night of Saturday, June 18, an officer stopped 29-year-old John Rogers on his bike along Central Way. After Rogers allegedly tried to ride away, the officer attempted to take him into custody, only for Rogers to become uncooperative and physically combative, police said.
At one point during the struggle, Rogers allegedly produced a can of bear spray and sprayed the officer in the face. The officer responded by deploying his taser, but Rogers continued to struggle until additional officers arrived on scene to help take him into custody, police said.
Officers then searched a backpack Rogers had with him and reportedly discovered a nailing tool with a cartridge containing bullets instead of nails, considered to be a “zip gun” and capable of being just as deadly as a legitimate firearm, police said.
Rogers, a previously twice-convicted felon, was ultimately booked at the Solano County jail on eight felony charges.