Lufkin man arrested for assaulting a police officer

Gustavo Rodriguez's mug shot; source: Angelina Co. Jail
Gustavo Rodriguez's mug shot; source: Angelina Co. Jail

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin police officer ended up scuffling with a suspect after responding to a disturbance complaint, according to a police report.

Around 7:45 P.M. Saturday, Officer Jennifer Payne went to a residence on the 500 block of Homer St.  Someone had called 9-1-1 saying a man was causing problems.  According to the police report, Payne found Gustavo Rodriguez angry and aggressive with a family member.

LPD's Corporal Trent Sobolewski says he was speaking Spanish which Payne could not understand.  She tried to calm him down. Then, Rodriguez allegedly started moving toward her in an aggressive manner.  She used pepper spray to slow him down.

Rodriguez, according to the report, swung at her and grazed the back of Payne's head.  She wasn't injured, but he allegedly started toward her again.

That's when Sergeant Dale Jowell showed up at the residence.  The report claims he saw the Rodriguez trying to fight with Payne so he used a tazer to get him on the ground.

After he was down, Sobolewski says they arrested him without incident for assault on a public servant, a second degree felony.