Waco man attempts to take officer's gun during arrest

POSTED: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 2:05pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 11, 2013 - 9:19pm

A Waco man is "lucky to be alive" after he attempted to take an officer's handgun during an arrest.

Elijah Torrez, 18, of Waco reportedly tried to take an officer's gun out of the holster, when he was being arrested on a Domestic Violence charge.

According to Sergeant Patrick Swanton of the Waco Police Department, police were dispatched to a West Waco home in the 1800 block of LaPorte Avenue, around noon on Wednesday. Police reportedly had received a call about a domestic disturbance.

When two officers arrived to arrest Torrez on a family violence charge, he resisted and fought. That's when Torrez also tried to take one of the officer's gun from the holster. The officers managed to tase Torrez, without having to shoot him.

"This is a life or death choice when they put their hands on an officer's weapon that they're making. You know, at that point, the officer has the ability and certainly has the right to protect himself. And, part of that may be that he's justified in using deadly force," said Swanton.

Swanton says it's an officer's judgment call whether or not it's necessary to shoot someone in a circumstance where they feel their life is in jeopardy.

Torrez is being held in the McLennan County Jail on a 15-thousand dollar bond.

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