Posted: Oct 2, 2012 5:53 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Oct 2, 2012 5:53 PM
BATON ROUGE- Police arrested two men this week accused of beating an off-duty Baton Rouge Police officer during an argument in August.
Investigators arrested Anthony and Joshua Tamburello of LaPlace in connection with the altercation Aug. 19 at the Highland Village Condominiums.
Police said the officer approached a group of men including the suspects who were making a disturbance at the condos. He didn't have a uniform on, but told them he was a police officer.
"It wasn't just one on one type of fighting it was a group of guys that attacked him and upon attacking him he fell to the ground and they didn't stop, they continued to beat him while he tried to protect himself," said Cpl. L'Jean Mckneely with BRPD.
According to the arrest warrant, the men attacked the officer and knocked him down, then started kicking him hard enough to break his leg.
Investigators say despite the injuries, the officer did the right thing.
"That's part of our job and what we do, whether we're on duty or off duty, when we see something happening we do what we can to try and make it right," said Cpl. Mckneely.
The Tamburellos were booked on one count each of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer. Anthony Tamburello was also charged with interfering with a law enforcement investigation, while Joshua Tamburello was also charged with rioting.
The officer is still off work, recovering from his injuries. Police say he's expected to be ok.