ICE officer injured during arrest Friday morning

Immigration officer injured during arrest

AUSTIN - According to the Austin Police Department, several APD units responded to the scene after a stop initiated by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer turned physical around 6 a.m. Friday.

It happened at 13642 U.S. 183 just north of Anderson Mill Road.

KVUE News spoke with Teresa Velazquez, the mother-in-law of the man detained. Velazquez claims the man has a work visa for the United States. She said the ICE officer claimed to have a warrant and tried to detain him, so he ran. At some point, the man and the officer ended up on the ground wrestling.

According to Velazquez, the officer reported the man punched him during the scuffle.

There were originally conflicting reports about who was taken to a medical facility for evaluation. ICE now confirms one of their officers was checked out at a free-standing ER and released. 

Austin police provided backup for what they called "crowd control" after the person's family members got upset.

APD Chief Manley said that officers were called to provide backup on reports that the suspect was attempting to grab the ICE officer's gun. 

When APD officers arrived on the scene, they also arrested two women who had warrants out for their arrests for previous open container violations.

Velazquez also told KVUE her other son-in-law, who is undocumented but has begun immigration paperwork, has been detained by ICE.

Chief Manley said that APD was not part of the arrest or present when it happened. He does not have any information on the driver or why he was pulled over but confirmed that he was arrested by ICE officers.

KVUE has reached out to ICE, who said they are working on a statement about the incident.

This developing story will update as more information becomes available.

© 2017 KVUE-TV


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