New Video shows struggle to arrest man accused of punching police officer

In cell phone video posted to Facebook, you can hear the suspect confirm his name, Phillip Fonseca.

Posted: Jul 10, 2020 11:19 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. --- New video shows police struggling to arrest a Springfield man accused of punching a police officer. KEZI 9 News has learned that officer is out of the hospital Friday morning. 

In cell phone video posted to Facebook, you can hear the suspect confirm his name, Phillip Fonseca. 

This incident happened around 12:30 a.m. Friday on Main Street.

Police said they originally pulled Fonseca over for impaired driving. Fonseca then told the officer he thought he had a warrant for his arrest. Officers learned Fonseca was wanted for robbery.

When officers told him he was under arrest he refused and instead rolled the window up. Officials said Fonseca eventually exited the vehicle, but then dove back inside reaching for what was later found to be a replica gun. As the officer attempted to pull him out of the vehicle, he turned and punched the officer in his left eye.

Officials said the officer's eye instantly swelled shut and had blurred vision in his other eye. A police dog was deployed to assist in the arrest because Fonseca continued to resist. Even with the police dog, it took a minute to put Fonseca in handcuffs.

Fonseca was treated at the hospital and lodged at the Lane County Jail.

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