Officer Injured In Fight With Runaway Back On The Job

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BRUCEVILLE-EDDY (September 12, 2013)--A Bruceville-Eddy police sergeant who was injured Wednesday while trying to detain a runaway juvenile returned to duty Thursday, the town's police chief said.

The officer, who was not named, was taken to a Waco hospital Wednesday afternoon after he was injured in a fight with a girl who had run away from a treatment facility.

The officer suffered a badly sprained wrist in the encounter, the chief said Thursday.

McLennan County Chief Deputy Matt Cawthon said the injured sergeant was taken in a sheriff's office patrol car to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center for treatment.

Cawthon said the Bruceville-Eddy sergeant was responding to a report that a girl had run away from the Avalon Center, a residential treatment facility for teenagers just inside the Falls County line east of Eddy.

The sergeant spotted the girl walking along State Highway 107, near the center, and stopped her to identify and detain her.

"They got into some kind of fight," Cawthon said.

"That little girl fought like a grown man," he said.

McLennan County deputies were sent to the scene to assist the sergeant and were able to detain the girl, who was taken to the Bill Logue Juvenile Justice Center in Waco.