Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


October 18, 2013

Two officers attacked, three family members arrested in early Friday assault

A mother made bail, but her two sons remained in custody in Cherokee County Jail Friday evening



Another officer removed Martin Lara from the officer he was attacking and began placing him in handcuffs. However Juanita Lara, angered at seeing her son arrested, "pulled an officer from behind," reports show.

The officer then turned to see who had "pulled on him," Sgt. Price said.

Juanita Lara then punched the officer twice in the face with her closed fist, reports show.

At this point, Gabriel Lara joined the fight, striking one of the officers in the nose.

Pepper spray — copious amounts of it — quickly halted this assault. Gabriel Lara and Juanita Lara were detained in the front yard while Martin Lara ran into the residence.

Officers detained Martin Lara moments later inside his mother’s residence.

Jacksonville EMS responded to the scene and treated both suspects and officers, for injuries. No further medical treatment was needed by anyone and the officers were cleared to return to duty, reports show.

Officers did learn about the assault that had taken place between Martin Lara and Gabriel Lara just prior to their arrival.

Juanita Lara was arrested on suspicion assault of a police officer, a third degree felony; and interference with public duties, a Class B misdemeanor.

Martin Lara, 34, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of assault on a peace officer, one count of interfering with public duties, one count of resisting arrest, and a final count of family violence, a Class A misdemeanor.

Gabriel Lara, 28, was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a peace officer and interference with public duties.

Sgt. Price said responding to domestic disturbance calls have long been the most dangerous for officers to answer — literally officers have been killed responding to DV calls in the past decade alone.

"It's good for people to listen to police when they offer instructions," Sgt. Price said.


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