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Officer Injured During Pursuit of Suspect

Officer Injured During Pursuit of Suspect
Friday, April 23, 2010 - 9:12am

LONGVIEW --- On April 22, 2010 at around 8:00 p.m., Longview Police Officer Paul Montoya
went to the Village South Apartments at 717 South Green Street to assist other officers at a disturbance call.

When Officer Montoya arrived at the apartment complex, he located several subjects in the parking lot that attempted to hide from him behind parked vehicles. Upon investigating the subjects, one of them fled from Officer Montoya on foot.

Officer Montoya chased the suspect from the apartments, through a wooded area, a creek and ended up on Marion Street where Officer Montoya was able to catch the suspect. The suspect, Rodrick Taylor, then fought with Officer Montoya and while doing so, threw a bag into a nearby ditch. Officer Montoya and Taylor struggled, before Officer Montoya was able to utilize his Taser to gain control of Taylor and handcuff him.

Other officers arrived to assist and recovered the bag that Taylor had discarded, discovering it contained several items of narcotics paraphernalia Officer Montoya required several stitches to close a wound to his left elbow he sustained during the altercation and Taylor was booked into the Gregg County Jail.

Rodrick Lennon Taylor, date of birth 7-9-1972, of 1209 Lemmons Street Longview. Charges: Assault on a
public servant (3rd degree felony), resisting arrest (Class A misdemeanor), evading arrest (Class
A misdemeanor) and possession of drug paraphernalia (Class C misdemeanor).

Officer Paul Montoya has been with the Department since August of 2005, is a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team and was awarded Meritorious Conduct and Lifesaving awards in 2007 for his efforts to save the life of a woman at the scene of a residential house fire.

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