ABC News reported that the police said the California police officer, a 12-year veteran of the South San Francisco Police Department who is married and has two children, suffered a major head injury during the incident and is now in the hospital in critical condition.
The injured officer, who is not being identified at this time, was transported to a local hospital with a "major head injury" and taken into surgery, police said.
The unnamed officer, a 12-year veteran of the South San Francisco Police Department, was waved down by someone who wanted to report a person disturbing local businesses, according to South San Francisco Police Chief Jeff Azzopardi. The officer's name was not released, but Azzopardi said he is married with two young children. As the officer called for a assistance, the man, identified as 28-year-old Luis Alberto Ramos-Coreas, rode away on a skateboard. He said that the suspect is in now being held in the San Mateo jail, where he is facing a number of felony charges, one of which includes the attempted murder of a police officer.
Authorities say the man fled on a skateboard and then turned and used it to knock the officer unconscious. "He remains hospitalized and in critical condition at this time", Azzopardi added.
The policeman tried to approach the man who was suspected of causing the disturbance but the man refused to follow the officer's orders.
As another officer was coming, the suspect left on a skateboard.
"This city will not tolerate violence of any nature directed against its police forces", he said.
Ramos-Coreas does have a history of "criminal contacts" with police, but the specifics of those run-ins were not detailed by officials. Police didn't immediately return a telephone message seeking further information on the officer's condition.