Local Police Officer Injured During Attempted Arrest

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CAMERON (February 21, 2014) A Cameron police officer was injured early Friday morning as he was attempting to arrest another man who also claimed to be a police officer.

Cameron police Chief Randy Dixon said Officer Luis Alejo was injured while attempting to arrest a man who was claiming to be a peace officer but Alejo already had been released Friday morning from Scott and White Hospital, in Temple, after he had been treated.

Alejo, however, likely will require more medical treatment in the future, Dixon said.

Dixon said Alejo was sent at about 1:15 a.m. Friday to 8th Street and Martin Luther Kind Drive to investigate a report of suspicious activity.

Alejo encountered a man and during an attempt to take the suspect into custody, the suspect threw an object onto the ground.

As Alejo was trying to arrest the man, the suspect claimed he, too, was a police officer and was only in the area “doing his job,” Dixon said.

The man began fighting with Alejo and at one point tried to take the officer’s weapon.

A large crowds had gathered and at one point Alejo asked for help, but no one came to his aid, Dixon said.

Eventually Milam County Sheriff’s deputies and other Cameron police officers arrived and arrested Verdell R. Wells, 37, of Cameron.

Wells was held Friday in the Milam County Jail awaiting arraignment and bond, facing a list of charges including resisting arrest or apprehension, assaulting as public servant, impersonating a peace officer and attempting to take a weapon from a peace officer, Dixon said.