South Precinct Officer Autumn Manning has been released from Vanderbilt University Medical Center and is recovering at home from injuries received while being attacked during the night as she intervened in a beating.
The attacker has been identified as Marcelo Mendoza, 34, of Townes Court. Officers continue to search for him. Arrest warrants have been issued charging Mendoza with aggravated assault, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest and evading arrest.
Officer Manning was on patrol at 3:20 a.m. when she saw two vehicles parked in the otherwise empty lot of the closed Shell Station at 197 Haywood Lane. As she approached, she saw one man beating another with what she initially thought was a pipe, but turned out to be part of a pool cue. The beating victim was bloody. Officer Manning ordered the attacker to stop. He refused. he then grabbed the pool cue out of his hand and attempted to take him into custody. She managed to get a cuff on one hand when he turned and began punching her in the head with his closed fist. Officer Manning went to the ground. The 39-year-old beating victim managed to get between the officer and the suspect, causing him to flee the area on foot.
The victim said he had been visiting at a nearby apartment and was attacked by the suspect for no reason. He was taken to Southern Hills Medical Center for treatment. Officer Manning is a five-year MNPD veteran.