Navasota Police Officer Suffers Black Eye After Alleged Attack By MHMR Patient

NAVASOTA, Texas A Navasota Police Officer is recovering after he was attacked while taking a mental health patient into custody Wednesday.

It took as many as seven police officers to subdue the woman who's a mental health patient.

News 3 spoke with police about what happened and interviewed a witness who ran to help.

Witnesses say it was a violent attack on Navasota Police officers.

"She was very angry and as the officer was trying to asking questions she was using bad words to the officer," said Bob Dhanani, Manager of the Mr. Lube Exxon across the street.

Wednesday afternoon police responded to the parking lot of the Hair Plus Salon on South LaSalle Street to take a Mental Health and Metal Retardation Patient into custody.

"Right you see the yellow mark on the curb… right there," said Dhanani.

Bob Dhanani ran to direct traffic during the incident but didn't see the actual attack.

"Then I see the cop was on the floor and I asked what happen and the gentleman told me the lady hit him. Then finally he had bruises by the bottom of the eye, he had the mark into the eye," he said.

Officer Adam Dodson suffered a black eye and was taken to the ER without serious injuries. He's been with the department for six years.

After she was taken into custody police say she continued to be combative and kicked out the window on a patrol car.

"We were contacted by MHMR to come serve a warrant for a black female," said Navasota Police Chief Shawn Myatt.

Myatt says the local woman believed to be in her 30's has assaulted his officers before.

"Sometimes it takes multiple officers to restrain someone that is physically stronger. Even it's been known and a proven fact when there's mental issues to take into consideration, they are a lot stronger than you are I," Myatt said.

"God bless everybody nothing serious," said Bob Dhanani.

Patient privacy laws prevent us from knowing more about the woman's mental condition and why she was upset.

The woman is now in the custody of MHMR undergoing treatment.

The Grimes County District Attorney's Office will be reviewing the case to figure out whether any charges should be filed.


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