MARSHALL, Texas (KTAL/KMSS) – The Marshall police officer injured Monday while trying to take a man into custody is recovering at home after undergoing emergency surgery.
According to a release from the Marshall Police Department, Officer Zach Lastra was one of the officers called to the scene in response to reports that a man with a rifle was threatening a mother and her two children Villa Charmont Apartments on East Travis St. When Officer Lastra identified Antonio Trammel and learned that there was a warrant out for his arrest on a parole violation, Trammel ran.
Police say Trammel struck an exterior glass pane window as he fled, which shattered and caused severe lacerations to Officer Lastra’s left forearm while Lastra attempted to arrest him. As another MPD officer continued to chase Trammel, unaware of the severity of Lastra’s injury, Lastra called for an ambulance and then sat down to apply a tourniquet to his arm which was badly bleeding.
“He maintained his composure, gave his location, and informed MPD dispatch that the other officer was still in pursuit of Mr. Trammel,” the release said.
“Detective James Wayman was returning home from a workout and heard the radio traffic from Officer Lastra and responded to assist. Detective Wayman observed that the first tourniquet had not completely stopped the bleeding and retrieved his tourniquet from his car and placed it onto Officer Lastra’s arm.”
Det. Wayman stayed with Officer Lastra until medical personnel arrived. Lastra was stabilized at Christus Good Shepherd in Marshall and transferred to Christus Good Shepherd in Longview, where he underwent emergency surgery to repair his injuries.
Officer Lastra is home now, and he is expected to make a full recovery.
Trammel was found hiding behind a house in the 600 block of West Rusk early Tuesday afternoon and taken into custody without incident.
In addition to the warrant for parole violation, Trammel was charged with evading arrest or detention causing serious bodily injury and evading arrest or detention with previous convictions.
The Marshall Police Department says Trammel’s decision to run directly resulted in the injuries sustained by Officer Lastra.
“The Marshall Police Department is extremely grateful for the community support for Officer Lastra and his family. When asked if he had anything he would like to say in this release Officer Lastra replied, ‘God answers prayers, and tourniquets save lives.'”