Police: Tyler man fights with officer in church parking lot

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Whitehouse Police arrested a Tyler man Wednesday for allegedly attacking an officer and another person at a local church.

According to Chief Ed Morris, at around 7:35 p.m., an officer was working an off-duty assignment at a church when he called for backup. The officer said a suspect was involved in a possible fight with another man in the parking lot.

The suspect was later identified as 18-year-old JaMarqus Simmons.

When the officer stepped between the two people arguing and ordered them to stop, Simmons allegedly hit the officer’s arm and began shoving the policeman.

The officer tried to bring the suspect under control on the ground, but Simmons spun away and the officer landed to where he received scrapes and bruises. The man continued to fighter with the officer and punched the other man at the scene.

Police arrested Simmons and booked him into the Smith County Jail. He was charged with assault on a public servant, resisting arrest and assault. His bonds total $12,500.

The officer’s injuries were only minor. The severity of the other man’s injuries are not known.

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