A San Diego County sheriff’s deputy was hurt Saturday in Encinitas while trying to take a man who was attacking a red-light camera into custody, authorities said. Deputies received a call about the man attacking the red-light camera with a baseball bat shortly after 2:30 p.m. at the intersection of El Camino Real and Encinitas Boulevard, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
At the same time, a sheriff’s deputy was in the area and saw the man, identified as Frederick Gramcko, 53, attacking the camera, sheriff’s Det. Adrian Moses said. The deputy approached Gramcko and ordered him to drop his bat but Gramck refused. The deputy tried to deploy a stun gun on Gramcko but the device malfunctioned and Gramcko swung the bat at the deputy several times in an attempt to him, Moses said.