Three police officers were injured while arresting an armed man in southwest Fresno on Thursday night, police reported.
The suspect, Rayshaun Miller, 26, was booked into Fresno County Jail on 28 felony charges.
A police spokesman said the fight began after a traffic stop at Holly and Belgravia avenues. Miller reportedly gave an officer a wrong name and while officers were speaking to him, his passenger told an officer she needed to leave to pick up her child. The officer told her she could leave but she could not take her purse.
The woman later told officers Miller had placed a semi-automatic handgun in the purse while he was being pulled over.
The spokesman said Miller became confrontational after the woman left and tried to drive away. The officer ordered Miller out of the car and tried to place him in a control hold, but Miller broke free before being taken to the ground. Miller jumped up and was taken down a second time.
As two more officers arrived, Miller again got to his feet and began to fight. One officer sustained an injured left shoulder, a second an injured left knee and a third officer a injured wrist, elbow and knee. They were treated at Clovis Community Hospital and released.
Charges against Miller include weapons offenses and violation of probation for domestic violence.