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Police officer falls from roof of mall while chasing suspect

By Mason White 11:21 AM December 3, 2015
Sergio Lopez Ramirez 

By: Chan Yuan
Police in Utah, have released a bodycam video of an officer falling off a roof while chasing a suspect.

The veteran police officer, fell 10 feet from a roof while trying to arrest a man in Salt Lake City.

West Valley Police were called to the Shell station located at 4018 W. 4100 South, on a report of a man who was loitering and acting suspiciously, West Valley police spokesman Roxeanne Vainuku said.

When officers arrived, the suspect, who was identified as 32-year-old Sergio Lopez Ramirez, ran into a construction area, Vainuku said.

They spotted the suspect on the roof of a shopping mall. The suspect allegedly told officer that he had a grenade. Officers went up to the roof to catch the suspect.

However, while running after the suspect, one officer lost his balance and fell to the ground.

The one-minute video released by police shows the officer losing his balance, falling and hitting the pavement. The officer was lightly wounded and was taken to a hospital.

The suspect was also taken to the hospital after being wounded during the incident.

Ramirez was arrested and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail. He faces charges of threat of terrorism, criminal mischief, assault on a police officer, fleeing, interfering with an arrest and disorderly conduct.