UPDATE: Tyler — The officer involved in last night’s incident who fired his weapon to protect himself, is identified as Sergeant Eddie Sheffield. Sgt. Sheffield has been employed by the department for 16 years and is the current Supervisor over the Bike Team for the past two years.
From Tyler Police Department
Baker is under arrest for the probation warrant with no bond, Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer warrant with a bond amount of $500,000, and a warrant for Evading in a Vehicle with a bond of $250,000.
From Tyler Police
Tyler — Friday, April 1, 2011 8:30 a.m., Tyler Officers received a tip that the suspect vehicle that Charles Baker was driving last night was located in the 300 block of S. Ross Street. Patrol officers did locate the suspect vehicle on S. Ross and found Baker sleeping in the back seat. Baker was taken into custody without incident and transported to Tyler Police Department for further questioning.
Baker is under arrest for the probation warrant at this time and investigators will be seeking charges against Baker for last night’s incident.
From Tyler Police
A 31-year-old Tyler man is being sought for assaulting Tyler Police Department Bike Officers around 8:50 p.m., March 31, 2011. The incident occurred in a parking lot in the 1200 block of W. Bow.
The suspect identified as Charles Jose Baker, B/M, 01/17/1979 was sitting in his vehicle playing loud music when officers approached him to investigate the loud music. Officers observed alcohol in the vehicle and detected that Baker had been drinking. When officers asked Baker to turn the vehicle off, Baker put his vehicle in reverse running over a police bike and then ran into a parked vehicle. Baker then drove forward heading for a second officer on his bike causing him to jump from the bike to keep from being struck. The officer fired one shot at the suspect as he drove towards him running over his patrol bike. It is unknown at this time if the vehicle was struck by the gun fire.
Baker is driving a 1996, Maxima, Four-Door, Maroon in color, Texas License Plate RDN-055. Baker is wanted for an outstanding Probation Warrant for Assault on a Peace Officer. Investigators were called to the scene and charges will be brought against Baker for Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Baker is urged to contact the Tyler Police Department, at 903-531-1000, or Crimestoppers, at 903-597-CUFF (903-597-2833). Crimestoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest and charges filed against the suspects in this case, or any, felony case.