Firebaugh cop accused of giving woman bloody nose says it's a misunderstanding

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A police officer accused of domestic violence says it's all a misunderstanding and it wasn't his fault a woman ended up with a bloody nose. (KFSN)

A police officer accused of domestic violence says it's all a misunderstanding and it wasn't his fault a woman ended up with a bloody nose.

30-year-old Firebaugh Police Officer Jose Ramos-Guerrero was arrested two weeks ago after a 911 call in Mendota.

Jose Ramos-Guerrero walked out of court a free man Wednesday, but it's costing him more and more money to stay that way. The Firebaugh police officer is out on $25,000 bond for an attack that bloodied a woman's nose. But his attorney says the officer's hands are clean. It was someone else who accidentally caused the injuries.

Defense attorney Linden Lindahl said, "In an effort to break up essentially a fight between two other females, the confidential victim in this case got a nose bleed. When the police came out, they saw the nose bleed and assumed the worst."

Sheriff's deputies didn't see it that way, and neither did the district attorney's office. They charged him with a felony and causing great bodily injury. He'll have to post another $100,000 to stay free because of that enhancement. But his attorney says Ramos-Guerrero just got caught up in a wide net for newer domestic violence laws.

Lindahl explained, "The law is such that in domestic cases, if the police are called, regardless of the wishes of the victim or the alleged victim, someone is getting arrested if there are any marks."

The Firebaugh Police Department tells us Ramos-Guerrero is on probation pending the outcome of the investigation.



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