Officer in hospital following assault

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 1:02pm

At around 8:06 a.m. today Motorcycle Officer William Steinmiller conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of West Front Street and South College Street. After making initial contact with the driver, Michael Renard Webb, who resides in Tyler, Texas, Officer Steinmiller learned that outstanding felony warrants existed for his arrest. The three warrants were all for manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.

While Officer Steinmiller was waiting on his backup, Webb unexpectedly began to attack him. Smith County District Attorney’s Office Investigator Fabio Martinez observed that Officer Steinmiller needed assistance and came to his aid. Michael Webb was taken into custody and transported to the Smith County jail. Webb had no apparent injuries; however Officer Steinmiller and Investigator Martinez received serious but not life threatening injures and are being evaluated at East Texas Medical Center.

Michael Webb has an extensive violent criminal history and at this time is being arrested and charged with two felony offenses of Assault on a Public Servant.

Officer Steinmiller is a 4 ½ year veteran with the Tyler Police Department. He has been a motorcycle officer for 2 ½ years.

Any witnesses who may have observed this incident are encouraged to contact the Tyler Police Department at 903-531-1090.


From Tyler Police Department

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