MARTINEZ (CBS SF) — A man who tried to make a citizen’s arrest of the mayor of Martinez was arrested on suspicion of battery Thursday afternoon after a tussle with officers, police said.

Martinez police said officers responded at 3:21 p.m. after Eli Dominguez apparently tried to arrest Mayor Rob Schroder in front of his insurance business on the 600 block of Main Street in the city’s downtown area.

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Dominguez had said something about filming for the holiday season, Cpl. Craig Schnabel said.

A police officer arrived and tried to detain Dominguez and a citizen pitched in.

Other officers arrived and Dominguez allegedly bit a sergeant who sought medical treatment for the bite. Dominguez was eventually detained and taken to a hospital.

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Police booked Dominguez in the county jail on suspicion of battery on the mayor and officer, threats and a probation violation, Schnabel said.

According to the Martinez News-Gazette, Dominguez regularly attends City Council meetings, often speaking at the podium during public comment periods. During one recent meeting, Dominguez said he was going to make a citizen’s arrest of councilmembers because he felt his civil rights had been violated, the News-Gazette reported.


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Bay City News Service contributed to this report.