Texas: Rodney Zavala is accused of threatening a police officer with an ax

Threat to a police officer: Rodney Zavala, 29, was arrested in El Paso, Texas, after he tried to attack an agent with an ax that he had h...

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  • Threat to a police officer: Rodney Zavala, 29, was arrested in El Paso, Texas, after he tried to attack an agent with an ax that he had hidden in his clothes.
  • The police officer who made the arrest had to fire two shocks from his stun gun to stop him.
  • It all started because Zavala allegedly stole a bottle from a liquor store.

Rodney Zavala was arrested in El Paso, Texas, after he threatened a police officer with an ax after a robbery at a liquor store.

Zavala, 29, now faces charges of armed assault on an officer of the El Paso Police Department (EPPD) in Texas.

Rodney Raymond Zavala and is already being held in the El Paso County after being the protagonist of an incident that was recorded on the video cameras of the patrol of the EPPD officer who detained him.

At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, an officer received the order to appear at a liquor store where a Stole.

The officer arrived at the Barrel House Liquor Store, 2730 Montana Avenue, in downtown Lardo where he was informed that a Hispanic man had just stolen a bottle.

The managers of the store gave the officer the description of the man who allegedly just left with a bottle in his hand and without paying.

Based on the statement of the store employees, the officer went on his rounds to search for the alleged thief.

A few blocks later, the officer encountered a Hispanic man walking down a sidewalk who matched the description of the alleged shoplifter.

The officer got out of his patrol car and approached the man questioning him aloud about the alleged robbery at the liquor store. Then something happened that took the patrolman by surprise.

Rodney Zavala was arrested in El Paso, Texas, after he threatened a police officer with an ax after a robbery at a liquor store.

Rodney Zavala was arrested in Texas after he threatened a police officer with an ax. (Photos: El Paso Police Department) Filed Under: Texas: Rodney Zavala Accused Of Threatening A Police Officer With An Ax

When the man saw the officer approaching, he took out a bottle from his clothes, according to his arrest warrant, and in front of the officer he took a long drink of the liquor.

As soon as he drank the liquid, the man threw the bottle against the floor, which exploded at the feet of the officer, who was surprised by what the subject was doing.

After the bottle thundered, the officer approached the man and ordered him to stop. However, the defendant drew an ax from under his clothes to swing it over his head against the agent.

The officer ordered the man to lower his ax. But the subject ignored the officer’s orders and continued with his threatening attitude.

Moment when Zavala takes out the ax when he sees the police arrive. Filed Under: Texas: Rodney Zavala Accused Of Threatening A Police Officer With An Ax

 

Given the risk that his life was running, the EPPD officer took out his stun gun and shot the man who was already on him with the machete

However, for some reason the discharge of electricity did not make a dent in the man so the officer opted to try firing a higher power on the stun gun. The second volley also failed to render the suspect.

For the EPPD agent, the shock was enough at least for the attacker to have a spasm that made him throw the ax far down the street.

The officer took advantage of this moment to go over the man to tackle him and make the arrest just when other patrolmen arrived in the area to support him.

For some reason the discharge of electricity did not make a dent in the man so the agent opted to try to shoot with a higher power. Filed Under: Texas: Rodney Zavala Accused Of Threatening A Police Officer With An Ax

EPPD officers took the man to the county jail where they discovered, through his fingerprints, that Zavala already had a criminal record in the city for robbery of various robberies.

According to the EPPD statement, Zavala already had five arrest warrants for a similar amount of robberies and almost all of them from liquor stores.

Now Zavala faces the serious charge of aggravated assault on a public servant with a deadly weapon and the five charges of robbery.

The qualifying judge who received his case allowed him to face his process in freedom as long as he paid a bond of 100,000 dollars which, as of this writing, had not been paid.

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According to Texas State Penal Code Charges of aggravated assault on a public servant are considered a felony and anyone found responsible for that crime after facing trial faces a sentence of two to ten years in prison.

Public records in El Paso County detail that Zavala asked to be represented by a state-appointed attorney because he is homeless and cannot afford one.

Until the moment of writing this story, Zavala has not been informing the lawyer who will represent him in his case and it has not been determined when the first hearing in his case will be.

According to the EPPD’s inmate office, the arresting officer suffered no injuries after Zavala’s ax attack.

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