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Woodway: Officer attacked with sword during prostitution sting

An image showing the attack from an officer's bodycam (left) and  Billy Linkous (Jail photo).
An image showing the attack from an officer's bodycam (left) and Billy Linkous (Jail photo).(KWTX)
Published: Jun. 12, 2017 at 11:43 AM CDT
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A Woodway officer was attacked by a man wielding a samurai sword during a weekend prostitution sting that led to nine arrests, police said Monday.

The attack came after the man fled in his vehicle Friday afternoon in an attempt to escape arrest in the sting, police said.

Officers gave chase and the brief pursuit ended when the man’s car crashed into another vehicle in the 100 block of Taos Drive, a block off State Highway 84.

The man jumped from the car wielding the sword and a makeshift shield and as police approached, he swung the sword, striking one officer in the arm.

The officer was recovering in good condition Monday.

Officers used a Taser to subdue the man, whom police identified Monday as Billy Linkous, 27, of Axtell.

The attack was captured by officers' bodycams.

Woodway Department of Public Safety Chief Yost Zakhary said the officers showed restraint in dealing with the man.

"What we really fear and want to highlight is the officers and the dangers they face each and every day. I'm extremely proud of the officers, they showed tremendous restraint in the way they handled that situation when he came at them and was swinging that samurai sword."

Linkous was charged with aggravated assault on a public servant with a deadly weapon, evading arrest on foot, evading arrest with a vehicle, resisting arrest with a deadly weapon, unlawfully carrying a weapon, and prostitution.

He remained in the McLennan County Jail Monday in lieu of bonds totaling $133,500.

Police made eight other arrests over the weekend in the sting, which targeted both prostitutes and those who responded to online ads offering sexual services.

Eddie Lee, 23, Roberta Muniz, 30, Matthew Swisher, 39, and Stevan Tijerina, 25, were charged with prostitution, police said in a press release Monday.

Shalla Love, 25, was charged with prostitution and resisting arrest; Cesar Salmeron, 37, was charged with prostitution and endangering a child; Jennifer Davey, 32, was charged with prostitution and possession of a controlled substance under 28 grams; and Che Estrada, 43, was arrested on a criminal trespass warrant, police said.