Sheriff David Baker has been the sheriff of Crosby County for almost three years. Now, he finds himself on the other side of the law.
Tuesday, he turned himself into authorities, facing charges of assault on a public servant and official oppression. Court documents say, back in September, he got into a physical altercation with Lorenzo Police Officer Daniel Patterson. The Texas Rangers are investigating the case and this Monday, a Grand Jury indicted Baker.
It's a controversy that has some residents in Crosby County talking. Resident Josie Rodriguez has been a resident of Lorenzo for 14 years and says she was shocked to hear the news. She says she was even more surprised to hear who was the alleged victim.
"That's why they don't get much respect. If they don't have respect for each other, how are they going to get anybody to respect them?" Rodriguez said.
Lorenzo Police Chief Henry Benitez declined to talk on camera with KCBD NewsChannel 11. However, he said his department was committed to cooperating with the Texas Rangers investigation and that he looked forward to having the matter taken care of, so his department could continue their responsibility of protecting citizens of Lorenzo.
KCBD NewsChannel 11 also reached out to Sheriff Barker and Officer Patterson, but both declined to speak.