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South San Francisco officer in critical condition after skateboard attack

A South San Francisco police officer was in critical condition after a man struck him in the head with a skateboard during a confrontation on Thanksgiving Day, authorities said.

The officer was responding to a disturbance in the early afternoon at a business in the 300 block of Grand Avenue, police said. When the officer arrived at the scene, the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Luis Alberto Ramos-Coreas, refused to follow the officer's commands, authorities said.

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Ramos-Coreas fled on his skateboard and the officer ran after him, according to a statement from the police department. The suspect then "stopped, turned and struck the officer on the head with the skateboard, knocking the officer unconscious," authorities said.

Other officers took Ramos-Coreas into custody without further incident, police said. He is expected to be charged with attempted murder of a police officer and other felonies.

The officer who was attacked suffered a "major head injury," according to the department statement. The officer, whose identity hasn't yet been released, had surgery on Thursday and was listed in critical condition.

"This is so disheartening to hear of this incident, in a city such as South San Francisco," Mayor Mark Addiego said in a statement. "We are a tight-knit community, with a police force that is our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with this officer and his family."

Police officials have scheduled a Friday news conference about the incident.

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