ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — Two Round Rock police officers are home from the hospital, but cannot return to work just yet after a fight Thursday with a hostile, fleeing suspect.
According to the Round Rock Police Department, the officers tried to make what they called a “high-risk traffic stop” at the intersection of Tiger Trail and Sunrise Road at 4:17 p.m. Police said the suspect, 30-year-old Jonathan Deandre Neal of Round Rock, fled the scene.
Officers considered Neal “dangerous” because they found out he had warrants for family violence assault in Travis County, a parole violation and other charges in California.
Police said Neal caused a crash at Sunrise Road and Spring Breeze Drive. That driver was later treated and released at that crash site, according to police.
After the crash happened, Chief Allen Banks told KXAN that Neal crawled out of his passenger window, hopped two fences in the neighborhood nearby and tried to outrun police. However, it took three officers and the use of a Taser to finally arrest Neal.
“Our officers did an amazing job in order to get him into custody and get him off the streets,” Banks said, “and we’re hoping he’s off the streets for a very long time.”
A woman, who asked not to be identified, said the officers took down Neal in her driveway. She also heard the car crash a few moments earlier that he allegedly caused.
“[The police] give so much of their life up to protect our huge family of Round Rock,” she said, “and people don’t thank them enough.”
Chief Banks said Neal injured all three officers during altercations before his arrest, causing two of them to go to the hospital. The incident, he said, highlights the risks of their job.
“Each and every one of these officers knows they could start their shift and never return home at night, but they still put on this uniform. They put on this badge, and they go out to take care of our community each and every day,” Banks said.
“Something as simple as a traffic stop, something as simple as responding to a call for service can end the life of an officer,” he added, “and that’s the risk that we take because we’re passionate about this job and to take care of this community.”
Officers booked Neal into the Williamson County Jail after he also went to the hospital. Police said he now faces charges of assault on a public servant and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle.
Police are not releasing the names of the two officers involved in this situation, but the chief called it “a relief” to know that their injuries will not prevent them from eventually coming back to work.