Although the Brentwood Police Department did not release details of the officers leg injury during yesterdays incident at the Kohl’s Department Store, they do expect the officer to make a full recovery according to Sergeant Walter O’Grodnick.
The injury occurred as the officer tried to arrest Temu Jabari Curry, 34, of Brentwood for shoplifting. After a brief chase lasting roughly 10-minutes, Antioch and Brentwood Police worked as a team to catch and arrest Curry.
Before I get to the Press Release by the Brentwood Police Department, I must say that incidents like this where public safety officers are injured is exactly why pensions are in place and how careers could end in an instant. It’s to protect those who risk their life everyday to protect the public.
Thankfully, he will be back to work in the future and for all the officers involved in this arrest, EastCountyToday salutes you! Here is the press release put out this afternoon by Brentwood PD.
On May 7, 2013, at approximately 3:00 pm, Brentwood police officers responded to Kohl’s Department Store at 5511 Lone Tree Way to Investigate an individual being detained by store security for stealing store merchandise. When officers arrived they contacted the suspect identified as Temu Jabari Curry, 34, of Brentwood. When one of the officers attempted to arrest Curry, a struggle ensued, resulting in the officer sustaining a leg injury. Curry fled on foot and attempted to carjack a vehicle in the parking lot, but was unsuccessful. He continued to flee on foot, but was apprehended after a brief struggle with arresting officers. The attempted carjacking victim was not harmed.
The injured officer was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital and is expected to recover.
Curry was booked into the Contra Costa County Martinez Detention Facility, charged with felony battery on a peace officer, resisting arrest, petty theft with priors, and a probation violation.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call the Brentwood Police Department at (925) 634-6911 or (925) 778-2441
Prepared by Sergeant Walter O’Grodnick.
In speaking with Sergeant O’Grodnick, he stated that once the suspect fled from the failed carjacking attempt, it took Antioch Police and Brentwood Police roughly 7-10 minutes to catch Mr. Curry.
Since Antioch and Brentwood share resources in terms of communication, that was a big help.
“It helped us out tremendously and one of the uniqueness of our agencies is we share the same communication channel. There is less of a delay between agencies and that helps out tremendously during incidents. Antioch and Brentwood Police positive working relationship with one another,” stated O’Grodnick.
While he did not have exact figures, its estimated four-officers were at the Kohl’s scene while six-officers assisted in search leading up to Mr. Curry being spotted with four that assisted in the arrest. He also noted that two police dogs were used (one from Antioch and one from Brentwood).
The arrest occurred in Antioch on the Southside of Lone Tree Way.
“It’s a huge relief that we were able to take this guy off the street,” said O’Grodnick.
In terms of the injured officer, details are not being released, but O’Grodnick did state he expects a full recovery and it’s not career threatening.