A man shot and wounded by a Tacoma police officer Saturday threatened to kill a cop nearly two years ago after being arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery, court records show.
Cesar Beltran, 53, was being taken to jail in September 2011 when he managed to release his seat belt and started kicking the inside of a patrol car, Pierce County prosecutors wrote in charging papers.
“At one point, the defendant told Officer Lopez that when he got out he would find and kill Officer Lopez,” the records state. “The defendant also spoke about getting a gun.”
Beltran later was convicted of felony harassment and theft in that case and was sentenced to a year in jail.
The officer who shot Beltran on Saturday was unaware of that information, department spokeswoman Loretta Cool said. She was not the same officer who arrested him in 2011.
Beltran, reportedly a panhandler, attacked the officer with a pipe-like object near East 28th Street and Portland Avenue after she asked him to move along, police said.
The officer, who’s been on the force for six years, first tried to shock Beltran using a stun gun but fired her sidearm when he continued to attack, police said.
The officer was hurt and sought treatment at a hospital. Beltran suffered critical injuries and remained hospitalized Tuesday.
The officer, whose name has not been released, is on paid administrative leave while the incident is being investigated, which is standard procedure.
Beltran, who is homeless, was being sought on an arrest warrant Saturday, court records show.
He was arrested in May on suspicion of breaking into a house that had been temporarily abandoned because of a fire and stealing a hunting vest inside, the records show.
Beltran pleaded not guilty to two felony counts and was released on his personal recognizance May 14.
A warrant was issued for his arrest last month when he failed to show up at a court date, records show.Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644