GALVESTON — An officer suffered a leg injury when he was pushed down a flight of stairs by a fleeing shoplifter, authorities said Tuesday.
The 3:56 p.m. Monday incident that injured officer Hector Dominguez led to two counts of robbery and an assault of a public servant charge against Sherman Edward Johnson, Galveston police Lt. Michael Gray said in a statement.
Dominguez was working off-duty at Kroger, 5701 Seawall Blvd., when grocery store employees saw a man shoplifting.
Johnson, 22, was initially cooperative and was escorted upstairs, and that’s when police accused him of suddenly standing up and shoving Dominguez into a wall.
“Johnson tried to run by officer Dominguez but was grabbed,” Gray said. “Johnson then pushed officer Dominguez down a flight of stairs in front of him. Johnson then ran past our injured officer and fled the scene.”
Store managers Tom Herring and Darrell Argo grabbed a pair of Dominguez’s handcuffs and chased Johnson to the second-floor breezeway of a nearby Best Western motel, Gray said.
“Johnson continued to struggle and attempted to escape as they tried to handcuff him, biting each of them before he could be subdued,” Gray said.
On-duty officers arrived and arrested Johnson, and the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office authorized the felony charges, Gray said. Johnson remained at the county jail Tuesday night on a $105,000 bond. Bond for Johnson, however, was denied on a parole board warrant, jail records revealed.
An ambulance took Dominguez to the University of Texas Medical Branch for treatment. Police didn’t immediately know the severity of Dominguez’s injury or when he might return to work. Medical crews treated the store managers at the scene, Gray said.