Police on Saturday arrested a man suspected of pointing a laser
pointer into an officer’s eye, according to the Gilroy Police
Police on Saturday night arrested a man suspected of aiming a laser pointer into an officer’s eye, according to the Gilroy Police Department.
The suspect, 53-year old Guy Bassett, was also arrested for an unrelated warrant for battery, police said.
The officer was temporarily blinded and was hospitalized with nonlife threatening injuries, according to a GPD press release.
Medical privacy laws prevented the GPD from releasing information on the officer’s condition, but Sgt. Chad Gallacinao said Monday the officer was not immediately able to return to work.
At 9:21 p.m., an on-duty GPD officer was working in a marked patrol vehicle in the area of the 700 block of Holloway Road when the officer’s vehicle was struck with a laser light beam, police said.
The location that the laser light was directed from was traced back to a nearby trailer coach in the Gilroy Garlic USA RV Park at 650 Holloway Road, according to the GPD.
Officers made contact with Bassett, and after an investigation identified him as the suspect who pointed the laser at the officer, police said.
Bassett was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail. The case will be forwarded to the Santa Clara County District’ Attorney’s office for review, Gallacinao said.