PD: Man pretends to need help, says 'just kidding' and punches Phoenix police officer in head

PHOENIX - Police say a man pretended to need help from authorities before punching an officer in the face.

Officer James Holmes with the Phoenix Police Department said officers received multiple calls at 10:40 p.m. Saturday about a fight at a home near 7th Street and Union Hills Drive in Phoenix.

When officers arrived, a 29-year-old man apparently approached one of the officers, indicated he needed help, then said "just kidding" and punched the officer in the head, according to Holmes.

A witness reportedly told police that the man had been using "mushrooms."

Police were forced to use a stun gun on the suspect twice because he kept pulling out the wires, said Holmes.  The suspect managed to get back up and then ran into his house and into a bedroom.

The officer suffered a broken right hand after getting into an altercation with the suspect, as well as swelling to his eye, according to Holmes.

Authorities set up a perimeter around the home and attempted to call the suspect out, but the man would only come out a few feet, advance on the officers, and then run back inside, said police.

Holmes said authorities then used four stun bag rounds, which ultimately had "no effect" on the man, who proceeded to run back into the house and into a bedroom.

Officers finally used a canine to bring the suspect into custody. He was transported to a Phoenix hospital for observation.

Police said the man is facing multiple charges.

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