A man accused of tearing up his own house attacked a police officer with a chunk of concrete Monday evening before being tackled by a passer-by, authorities said.
The incident occurred about 5:30 p.m. in an alley in the 500 block of East Central.
An officer went to the area after someone called to report a man breaking all the windows in his house.
As the policeman pulled into an alley behind the house and got out of his car, 45-year-old Fong Yang ran up to the cruiser with a concrete block, authorities said.
The officer pulled his gun and ordered Yang to stop, but the man threw the chunk through the windshield, police said.
As Yang was trying to pull the block out of the squad car, the policeman traded his gun for pepper spray and doused the man, authorities said.
The chemical apparently had little effect, and Yang prepared to charge again, police said.
It was then that a man walking by tackled Yang and helped the officer get handcuffs on him, police said.
Yang was booked into jail on two counts of malicious mischief and one count of assault. The squad car was towed from the scene.
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