Yoakum police officer shot with own Taser during fight with suspect

Sonny Long

Jan. 12, 2011 at 11 p.m.
Updated Jan. 11, 2011 at 7:12 p.m.



Answering a disturbance call Saturday turned into a "violent fight" for law enforcement officers, one who was shot with his own Taser during the struggle.

Yoakum Officer Adam LeWin answered a disturbance call in the 400 block of Tucker Street at 11:40 p.m.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Craig Wycoff also responded for backup.

"The officers heard a disturbance coming from the residence," said Yoakum Police Chief Arthur Rogers. "A young girl opened the door and let them in."

Inside, Jacques Laraye Williams, 34, was yelling and holding a plastic bag of what was believed to be cocaine, the chief said.

"He wouldn't calm down," Rogers said. "He charged and pushed Officer LeWin."

LeWin used his Taser on Williams who removed the probes and continued to fight with both officers, said the police chief.

"He shoved Officer LeWin over a sofa and jumped on him. It was a violent fight," Rogers said. "During the struggle, Williams attempted to take the officer's Taser, pulling the trigger and hitting LeWin in the neck."

Lavaca County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Gibson and Yoakum Police Officer Mike Martinez arrived and helped subdue the subject.

Williams was charged with possession of a controlled substance, attempting to take a weapon from a peace officer and assault on a public servant.

He posted bail on a total of $24,000 bond and was released on Sunday.

Patriece DeShawn Hodges, 30, who was living with Williams, was also arrested and charged with hindering apprehension.

LeWin was checked at the scene by Yoakum Emergency Medical Services and returned to duty.



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