MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – A man was charged after a Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden was injured Saturday night while attempting to make an arrest near The Woodlands, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.
David Marshall, 33, was charged with evading arrest in a motor vehicle and aggravated assault on a public servant.
Detective Paul Haas said the game warden spotted two four-wheel all-terrain vehicles driving on Sorters Road and Ravenwood Drive and attempted to stop the ATVs shortly after 9 p.m.
One of the ATVs had three riders onboard, and the second ATV had four people onboard. Haas said the ATVs took off, leading the game warden on a short chase. He said the suspects were cornered by a sand pit.
Haas said the three people on the first ATV surrendered to the game warden, while the others took off again. The game warden was snagged by the ATV, which dragged him 15-20 yards, officials said. The game warden discharged his pistol while being dragged, Haas said. It is unknown if anybody was hit.
Haas said complaints of ATVs causing damage in the area had been reported recently.
The Texas Rangers, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, and Montgomery County constables using their own ATVs searched for over seven hours for the suspects and were assisted by a DPS helicopter out of Austin, Haas said.
Around 5 a.m., police located and arrested Marshall, who was hiding in the woods with the ATV, officials said. The other three suspects got away, but are known to police and the search was called off, officials said.
The shooting is being investigated by Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Rangers, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.