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Police: Man attacks Colonie officer on bus; Officer seriously injured

Police: Man attacks Colonie officer on bus; Officer seriously injured

Incident happened near Colonie Center, police say
Police: Man attacks Colonie officer on bus; Officer seriously injured
Jerson D. Vargas
Photographer: Colonie Police Department (inset); Shutterstock (background)

COLONIE -- A 14-year veteran of the Colonie Police Department suffered serious injuries Tuesday after getting attacked on a bus, police said.

The officer, identified as Traffic Safety Investigator Brian Curran, 43, suffered serious bruises to his head and was taken to Albany Medical Center by paramedics where he continued to be treated Tuesday evening, police said.

Police identified the attacker as Jerson D. Vargas, 42, address unknown. Vargas suffered minor facial injuries in the incident, but had to be sedated due to his behavior, police said. He was expected to be charged in the incident upon his release from the hospital.

The incident happened just before 3 p.m. at a bus stop on Central Avenue in front of Colonie Center, police said. 

CDTA had summoned police for an unruly passenger that was reported to have urinated on the bus and spit on the driver.

Curran arrived first and tried to get the passenger to leave the bus. Curran then entered the bus himself. There were no other passengers on board at the time.

"Without warning or provocation the passenger attacked Investigator Curran by punching him in the face and wrestling him to the ground," police said in a news release. "The passenger slammed Investigator Curran's head into the wall and floor of the bus several times before assistance from a back-up officer and a passing civilian intervened."

An additional officer arrived and police ultimately used a department Taser on Vargas and took him into custody.

The charges Vargas is expected to face had yet to be determined by early Tuesday evening, police said.

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