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Officer struck, another bitten by homeless man

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An officer responding to a call about a man harassing patrons at Perry’s eatery on Stewart Street between Mission and Howard streets gets assaulted and subsequently pepper sprays the assailant in front of the nearby Harbor Court Hotel. (Mike Koozmin/S.F. Examiner)

An officer was struck and another officer bitten on the hand Tuesday afternoon by a man believed to be homeless who was allegedly harassing customers at a restaurant near the Embarcadero, police said.

Someone called police to report that a man, who appeared to be in his 50s, was pestering Perry’s Restaurant & Bar patrons for food. When a single female officer responded to the outdoor patio area on Steuart Street between Mission and Howard streets around 1  p.m., the man was uncooperative.

He walked away from the officer when she asked him to move from the customers. At some point, a fight broke out between the suspect and the officer, according to police at the scene.

During the scuffle, the officer was struck by the man, Officer Grace Gatpandan said.

Three bystanders were able to pull the man off of the officer who then managed to pepper spray the man in the face. The officer called for backup at some point during the scuffle.

When other officers arrived and attempted to detain the man, he bit one of them officers on the hand.

Still, the suspect was arrested, and both he and the bitten officer were taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.

The scrum started on the sidewalk in front of Perry’s, and by the time it was over, it had moved two doors down the block to the front of Harbor Court Hotel.

Michael Barba contributed to this report.

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