A Metro Police officer is recovering at home from injuries she received after being attacked during the night while trying to break up a fight at an Antioch gas station.

According to Metro Police, the incident happened around 3:20 a.m. Officer Autumn Manning responded to two vehicles parked in an empty lot of a closed Shell gas station at 197 Haywood Lane. When she approached, she saw a man beating another man with what she initially thought was a pipe, but turned out to be part of a pool cue. The victim in the beating was bloody.

Manning reportedly ordered the attacker, later identified as 34-year-old Marcelo Mendoza, to stop and he refused. Manning then grabbed the pool cue out of his hand and attempted to take Mendoza into custody, managing to get a cuff on one hand when he turned and began punching her in the head with his closed fist.

Manning went to the ground and the 39-year-old beating victim managed to get between the officer and Mendoza, causing him to flee the area on foot.

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