SAN DIEGO — San Diego Police Department officers are using a new surveillance video from Friday’s fireworks display to capture a man they say threw fireworks into a squad car and struck one of them in the face.
The incident took place near the intersection of Highway 101 and North San Pedro Boulevard in downtown San Diego.
The video shows the driver of the squad car in the parking lot of a local liquor store throwing a lit cigarette into the path of an officer on the way to the patrol car.
A witness who was in the vehicle said he saw the officer hit the front of the car with his patrol car and a woman, identified by police as the driver, get out of the vehicle with a plastic bag and throw it in the air.
The woman then fled on foot.
The officer followed her, and a short time later, a second officer spotted her, identified as the man in the video, and called for backup.
The witness, who did not want to be identified for fear of retribution from the man, told the officer that the fireworks he was throwing struck the car, police said.
The officers stopped the vehicle and searched the vehicle, police reported.
They found the man’s fireworks and his bag of chemicals in the back seat of the patrol vehicle, and the fireworks and chemicals were also found in the officer’s vehicle, said San Diego Detective Sgt. Steve Tocca.
The man has been identified as Michael Anthony Bocciardi, 34, of Santa Fe.
Police released the surveillance video Saturday afternoon after Bocsiardi was arrested for aggravated assault and possession of fireworks, the department said.
Bocciatti was booked into the Santa Fe County Jail on suspicion of felony assault with a deadly weapon, according to the jail.
He was released Monday and is scheduled to appear in court in the District Court for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 29.