News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Police Identify Suspect Arrested After Disarming Officer During Struggle
Contact : Kara Apple, Sergeant, Police Department    650-329-2413
Ryan Goodson booking photo
Palo Alto, CA -- The Palo Alto Police Department has identified the suspect arrested yesterday following a violent struggle with police, during which time he ripped an officer's firearm – still in the holster - off of the officer's duty belt.

Following a medical clearance at a local hospital, police booked 34-year-old Ryan Goodson of Fresno into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for four felony charges: taking a peace officer's firearm, resisting arrest with violence, brandishing a deadly weapon while resisting, and battery on a peace officer with injury.  A booking photo of the suspect is attached to this release.

Police are still investigating this incident.  Anyone who witnessed this suspect’s behavior, or who has information about what happened, is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.  Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984.

To view the original press release about this incident, click here.