If you have ever been the victim of an assault, you may have attempted to defend yourself vociferously against your attacker, using whatever was at hand, including your own feet and fists. Texas has always had liberal gun laws, and the same extends towards the rights of its citizens to defend themselves against criminal aggression. But there are circumstances where a Houston resident can find him- or herself in legal hot water facing assault charges when a self- defense situation went awry.
A 22-year-old man from Houston, Texas, has been charged with dragging a law enforcement officer by the arm. He pulled the reserve sheriff's officer with him as he drove his car from the scene of an alleged crime. According to court records, the criminal charge against the suspect is aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer. The court imposed a $50,000 bond. Law enforcement personnel had arrived to investigate a call regarding two men allegedly smoking crack cocaine near a gas station in Harris County. The reserve officer commanded the man who was charged in this case to emerge from a car at the scene. However, the man refused to comply and left the gas station while the lieutenant's arm was inside the vehicle. He kept driving as he dragged the officer through the parking lot.