A Sacramento Police officer is recovering after investigators say he was ambushed outside a hospital.
Police have arrested two men in the case.
Juan Gomez, 21, is accused of ambushing the officer and brutally beating him for no other reason than the officer’s profession.
Sacramento police say it happened early Monday morning in a parking lot at Kaiser South medical center. They say Gomez knocked on the officer’s patrol car window and lured the officer out.
“The man had told the officer that there was someone in the area with a gun. He immediately and violently attacked the officer,” said Sacramento Police spokesman Doug Morse.
The officer, taken by surprise, was knocked to the ground.
“The attack continued when that individual actually jumped on that officer and continued to strike him in the face,” Morse said.
While the attack was happening, police say Jamaral Lee, 35, recorded the attack and encouraged Gomez. Eventually security guards and bystanders noticed what was happening, and helped stop the attack. Both Gomez and Lee were placed under arrest while the officer rushed into the hospital.