Alice policeman was questioning the two men when they allegedly attacked

Christopher Maher, Alice Echo-News Journal

An Alice police officer was forced to draw his firearm Monday, after he was allegedly attacked by two men he was questioning.

According to Alice Police Department reports, officer Benito Gonzalez was called to an apartment complex in the 2500 block of South Cameron Street shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday in reference to a stolen vehicle.

Upon arrival, Gonzalez reportedly heard shouting and vulgar language coming from an area around the corner of the building. Gonzalez investigated the shouting and made contact with Kevin Garcia, 20, who was allegedly standing outside an apartment shouting and swearing near a woman and an infant.

Gonzalez reportedly instructed Garcia to stop yelling and walked away, but soon began to hear more shouting and vulgar language.

Returning to the area, Gonzalez observed a second man, identified as Jose Roel Garcia Jr., 18. When Gonzalez questioned Garcia about the shouting, Garcia reportedly became belligerent and began threatening Officer Gonzalez.

Jose Roel Garcia Jr. then allegedly lunged at Gonzalez, who began struggling with the suspect. Gonzalez called for backup, but while the two were struggling, Kevin Garcia allegedly joined Jose Garcia and the two began kicking and punching Gonzalez.

Gonzalez was able to use pepper a to stop the attackers, and then pulled baton, at which point both men fled to an apartment. As Gonzalez followed the men, Jose Roel Garcia Jr. allegedly came out of the apartment with a three-foot long metal pipe, and both he and Kevin Garcia confronted Gonzalez.

According to the police report, Gonzalez then drew his firearm and instructed both men to get on the ground. Both continued to resist, and repeatedly threatened to assault Gonzalez.

Back-up officers arrived as Gonzalez held the two suspects at gunpoint, and both men were arrested.

Both men were transported to the Jim Wells County jail, where officers reportedly discovered an illegal substance in Kevin Garcia's possession.

He was charged with assault on a public servant, retaliation and prohibited substance in a correction facility, and remained in the county jail on $4,500 bond Tuesday.

Jose Roel Garcia Jr. was charged with assault on a public servant and retaliation.

He also remained in the county jail Tuesday on $3,000 bond.