2 Mesa police officers injured in fight with man

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MESA, Ariz. -- A man reportedly assaulted two Mesa police officers when they responded to a call Tuesday night.

Officer Bell and Officer Waters responded to a 911 hang-up call near Eighth Avenue and Grand at approximately 7:15 p.m.

The door to the home was open so they called into the residence and Daniel Ruiz Espinoza, 25, came out.

According to Mesa police Detective Michael Melendez, Espinoza denied that there was a problem but had a cut to his hand and blood on his shirt. When the officers asked about this, Espinoza reportedly clinched his fist and raised it up in a threatening posture.

Melendez said the officers attempted to restrain Espinoza, but he swung at them, striking Waters.

A fight ensued and Espinoza continued to punch and kick at the officers.

Melendez said Bell was able to use his stun gun and took Espinoza into custody.

As a result of the fight, Bell had a broken hand and Waters suffered a strained knee.

While in custody, Espinoza, who is a documented gang member, reportedly threatened several officers.

An investigation revealed that there was a domestic disturbance between Espinoza and his girlfriend, but both parties denied calling 911.