Police: Man attacked at Metro train station with hammer after being confronted by a police officer

A man who was beaten up by a Metro train guard after an altercation with police has been charged with assault, police say.

Sam Durant, 23, of San Francisco, was charged with assaulting the guard in the station in the early hours of Friday, the San Francisco Police Department said in a statement.

The suspect has been released on a $5,000 bail.

Police said Durant was walking along a sidewalk in the Mission District around 3:15 a.m. on Thursday when he was confronted by an unidentified Metro guard who “asked him what he was doing at the station and to leave.”

“The suspect then started yelling and screaming at the guard and he started to run away,” the statement said.

“The suspect attacked the guard, who was able to get away from the suspect and run toward a police vehicle.”

The police officer who was trying to get Durant to leave the station told him to get on the ground, the statement says.

The officer then used his stun gun on the suspect, who began to fall.

The man was able at that point to grab a stun gun from his waistband and put it to his head, the police statement said, and he was then placed in handcuffs.

Durant has a criminal history, according to police.

In January, he was arrested on charges of domestic violence and resisting arrest after he allegedly punched a woman in the face and struck her in the head at a Sacramento bar.