TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - A 30-year-old Trinity man who was wanted on a evading arrest warrant out of Polk County allegedly pulled a knife on the Trinity County Sheriff's deputy who tried to arrest him on Wednesday.
In addition to the misdemeanor evading arrest warrant out of Polk County, Fuller was charged with felony aggravated assault on a public servant with a deadly weapon.
According to the Trinity Police Department, TPD officers received information that Fuller, who was wanted on a misdemeanor evading arrest charge from Polk County, was at a residence on Elm Street in Trinity. Then the department posted information on its social media page and asked for citizens' help in locating Fuller.
A few hours later, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper got information about what kind of vehicle Fuller was believed to be driving.
A Trinity County Sheriff's deputy spotted the vehicle in front of the town's Conoco station and made a traffic stop. At that point, Fuller jumped from the vehicle and ran across the highway to a nearby car wash, according to the Trinity Police Department.
The TCSO deputy chased Fuller on foot, and after he shot Fuller with a "pepper spray projectile," Fuller allegedly turned around with an open knife and confronted the deputy. When the deputy shot him with a second spray projectile, Fuller dropped the knife and took off running, according to the police report.
Continuing his pursuit, the deputy tackled Fuller near a muffler shop. After a brief struggle ensued, the deputy was able to put Fuller in handcuffs, the police report stated.
"[The deputy] could have used deadly force in this event," said Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones. "I am thankful it did not turn out that way. [The deputy] performed well and did a great job!"