Jury sentences man to 10 years in prison for assault of East Texas police officer


GILMER, Texas (KETK) – An East Texas man will spend the next 10 years behind bars after a jury sentenced him for assaulting a Big Sandy Police Officer earlier this year.

Back on January 31, Thomas Paul Carroll was seen by Officer Taylor Fast stumbling across HWY 80. Taylor believed he was drunk and attempted to arrest him when Carroll hit him in the face.

During the ensuing fight, Carroll grabbed Taylor’s taser and charged him. Taylor was able to subdue him and place him into custody.

Carrol has a lengthy rap sheet that includes assaulting family members and drug possession.

Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd thanked the jury for their strong sentence and for supporting law enforcement.

We are thankful for the jury and they sent a strong message in support of this officer. Additionally, we are all reminded of the dangerous jobs our officers do and are thankful for officer Fast and other Law Enforcement officers.

Billy Byrd, Upshur County DA

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