Crockett Man Charged with Assaulting Police
By Will Johnson
CROCKETT – A 39-year-old Crockett man is behind bars after assaulting two Crockett Police Officers during an April 12 incident.
Courtney Shikirk Collins was taken into custody last Friday afternoon and charged with resisting arrest, as well as assaulting a public servant, after Crockett police officers responded to a dispatch in the 300 block of West Goliad Avenue.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, when Crockett PD Lt. Alfredo Fajardo and Officer Shane Sandifer arrived at the location they spoke with “… a mother (who) called to report her son – Courtney Collins – was punching the walls and the door.”
While the police officers were speaking with the mother, the report indicated Collins exited his bedroom “… and approached us in a combative stance with his fists clenched and an angry look on his face.”
Lt. Fajardo instructed Collins to turn around and put his hands behind his back. Initially, the legal document stated, Collins appeared to comply with the directive, but suddenly spun around, lunged at Fajardo and punched him in the side of the head.
Both Fajardo and Sandifer deployed their Tasers in an effort to subdue Collins “… but due to the fast pace of the events, the close quarters we were in and other factors, the Tasers either did not make appropriate contact or they did not get a good enough connection to be effective,” the affidavit stated.
When Collins struck Fajardo, the momentum of the punch caused the two men to fall onto a couch where the fight continued. The report stated Collins managed to get Fajardo in a headlock, but once Fajardo broke free, he and Sandifer were able to subdue the attacker.
“After several seconds, Collins told us he would comply and stood up with us, but still did not put both his hands behind his back. Officer Sandifer recovered his Taser and applied a ‘drive-stun’ to Collins and he put his hands behind his back,” the affidavit reported.
During the fight, Fajardo sustained a punch to the face and Sandifer broke a finger.
Collins was arrested and transported to the Houston County Jail where he was charged with assaulting a public servant and resisting arrest. The assault charge is considered a third degree felony while the resisting charge is a Class A misdemeanor.
According to Section 12.34 of the Texas Penal Code, “An individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree shall be punished by imprisonment in the institutional division for any term of not more than 10 years or less than two years. In addition to imprisonment, an individual adjudged guilty of a felony of the third degree may be punished by a fine not to exceed $10,000.”
Collins is being held at the Houston County Jail on bonds totaling $24,000.
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