WFPD: Suspect Arrested for Assault on a Police Officer

Wichita Falls, Texas – A Wichita Falls man is behind bars for allegedly assaulting a police officer. Police say 18-year-old Demetris Pope struck an officer several times after the officer found him inside a residence during a burglary call.

On June 7th around 2:27 p.m., officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to a possible Burglary of a Habitation in progress in the 1300 block of 12th Street.

Upon arrival, a patrol officer observed the door frame to the residence was broken, the front door was open, and the officer also heard movement inside the residence. 

A black male, later identified as Demetris Pope, was located inside the residence.  The officer went to detain Pope by placing handcuffs on him; however Pope began to fight with the officer.  Pope struck the officer in the side of the head with his elbow and began punching him multiple times in the abdomen before the officer was able to push Pope off of him. 

As the officer reached for his radio to call for assistance, Pope grabbed his hand and prevented him from doing so.  The officer then reached to deploy his taser at which time Pope again grabbed the officers hand and prevented the officer from using his taser.

The officer was able to take Pope to the ground, however Pope managed to get back up, at which time he began kicking the officer in the head multiple times while the officer was still down on the ground.  The officer was able to stun Pope in his calf, causing Pope to fall to the ground, though Pope continued to kick at the officer until another patrol officer arrived on scene to assist.

Pope was transported to the Wichita County Jail without further incident.  Pope has been charged with Assault on a Peace Officer.

The officer that was injured was taken to United Regional Hospital, where he was treated for minor cuts and abrasions, and later released.