A San Jose police officer was injured on Sunday afternoon while pursuing a man who was fleeing a crackdown on apparent gambling in a public park, a San Jose police sergeant said today.About 10 officers were sent to Hillview Park at Adrian Way and Ocala Avenue in eastern San Jose around 5:10 p.m. Sunday to break up an alleged gambling operation there, Sgt. Ronnie Lopez said.Residents that live near the park had complained frequently to police about the blatant, high-stakes gambling that was taking place, Lopez said.Gambling is “not a big issue, but we do see it happening,” in San Jose, Lopez said. About 30 people were detained on Sunday afternoon in connection with the dice game police came upon when they entered the park, Lopez said.Most of the people cooperated with officers, but one man took off running towards a nearby neighborhood, Lopez said. Police pursued the man through the neighborhood, leaping over fences behind the suspect, Lopez said.One officer suffered a cut to his leg while hopping over one of the fences, Lopez said. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of his injury, which was not life threatening, Lopez said.Police blocked off several blocks near the park and called in a helicopter to track down the man who ran from the gambling bust, Lopez said.After about two hours of searching, he was found and arrested, Lopez said.As of late Sunday, police had not yet filed charges against the arrested man, and were still trying to decide whether to arrest, cite, or release the 30 other people detained in the dragnet, Lopez said.It was unclear on Sunday why the man ran away when police arrived,Lopez said.
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