Off-duty Godley police officer dragged by suspect vehicle

Posted Friday, Dec. 28, 2012  comments  Print Reprints

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FORT WORTH — A Mineral Wells man accused in a weekend assault on a Walmart security guard who was chasing shoplifting suspects was arrested Thursday, Fort Worth police said.

Christopher Thomas Davila, 27, faces a charge of assault with serious bodily injury to a public servant, according to a news release.

The security guard was an off-duty Godley police officer working at the store at McCart Avenue and Sycamore School Road in far south Fort Worth. The guard was identified as Officer Joseph Owens by Godley Police Chief James Healy.

Owens began to chase a theft suspect about 6:15 p.m. Dec. 22.

“The man he was chasing jumped into the back seat behind the driver,” Healy said. “As Owens tried to remove him from the vehicle, the subject was yelling for the female driver to drive off.

“The driver made a left turn. Owens was hit in the shoulder by the car’s door frame, felt his foot hit the tire, and he began being pulled under the car. He fired his weapon at the driver, but missed. He went down, and the tire rolled over him.”

The driver lost control of the vehicle, which crashed into a curb, the news release said.

The man and woman in the car ran off. Owens was treated for a fractured right foot, Healy said.

Additional arrest warrants have been issued, the Fort Worth news release stated.

Terry Evans, (817) 390-7620

Twitter: @fwstevans

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