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Police Officer Hit In Face While Trying To Make Arrest

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

WACO (December 3, 2013) Waco police used a Taser and pepper spray to subdue a suspect early Monday morning after the man struck one of the officers in the face during an arrest attempt.

Officers were sent at about 5:30 a.m. to an address in the 3500 block of North 23rd Street where a caller had reported a domestic violence incident, Waco police Officer Steve Anderson said.

The woman who called 911 to report the incident was hysterical and was reporting a man was trying to break into her home.

When the first officer arrived he found a man on the front porch of the house who initially complied with the officer’s orders to sit down.

But as the officer was talking to the man, the suspect jumped up, ran back to the house and began kicking on the front door.

When the officer tried to stop the man, the suspect punched the officer in the face, Anderson said.

The officer fired his stun gun twice at the man but the Taser had no effect.

As the man and the officer were fighting, another officer arrived and began trying to subdue the man as the first officer was using his baton to strike the suspect.

The suspect was stunned for a third time with no effect, Anderson said.

The suspect again came off the porch and was fighting with the two officers as even more officers arrived at the scene.

After officers used pepper spray, the suspect finally surrendered and was taken into custody, Anderson said.

Joe Torres, 43, was listed on the McLennan County Jail online roster Tuesday morning as being ordered held on bonds totaling $15,000, charged with burglary of a habitation, assault on a public servant, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

Torres first was taken by ambulance to Providence Hospital where he was treated and released into police custody.

While at Providence, Torres, who is on federal parole for an earlier conviction, tested positive for marijuana and methamphetamine, Anderson said.

Two officers also were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries they suffered in the fight, Anderson said.

Both were cleared to return to duty.

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