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SPLENDORA OFFICER HOSPITALIZED AFTER ASSAULTED ON A TRAFFIC STOP

Approximately 2:20 am on Saturday a Splendora female Officer attempted a traffic stop on US 59 southbound just south of FM 2090. The vehicle which had three occupants pulled over. A male exited the vehicle and then assaulted the officer. While in an extensive fight in which the suspect tried to get her weapon his knife was dropped. The officer, who was injured while on the ground fighting him was able to deploy her taser with no effect on the male. An assist the officer was put out and had multiple agencies responding. The suspect then ran across the freeway from east to west. Several Montgomery County Precinct 4 units, including a Precinct 4 K-9 officer who was northbound on US 59, responding to the assist, were exiting at FM 2090 in Splendora when one of those deputies spotted the suspect running across in front of them. It was at that point one of those patrol cars, attempting to get to the suspect, slammed into the other patrol car. Neither officer or the K-9 involved in the crash was injured. Additional patrol units were still arriving to assist the officer when the crash happened. MCHD and EMCFD who were dispatched to the crash between the patrol cars first came upon the injured officer. However, as they arrived, the injured officer, seeing the other patrol cars crashed across the freeway, waved fire and EMS on telling them to go to the crash first. Other fire and EMS units soon arrived and transported the injured Splendora Officer to the hospital in stable condition with a head injury. A DPS helicopter which had been assisting Harris County on locating several suspects who were reported shooting at officers on Winfield and US 59, and not related to the Splendora incident responded to Splendora and started the search for the suspect that assaulted the Splendora Officer. The suspect who assaulted the officer was spotted by the helicopter crew about a half mile down Ipes Road in the back pasture of a home. The suspect was lying in the grass. Precinct 4 Deputies responded to that location along with a Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department K-9. The MCSO K-9 Deputy shouted out several verbal commands for the suspect to give up before the dog was turned loose. The suspect never responded. As officers went into the pasture they still did not see what the helicopter was seeing from high above, however, the keen sense of the K-9 spotted the suspect and immediately grabbed his arm as the suspect started to make a quick move. The suspect was treated for a deep dog bite wound to the arm at the scene and then transported to Conroe Regional Medical Center for further treatment. He is facing multiple charges including aggravated assault on a peace officer and evading. It appeared from his strength that he was on some type of narcotic.

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