Two Deputies Injured In Assault

LIBERTY, December 5, 2016 – At approximately 6:30am on the morning of Wednesday, November 30th. two Liberty County Deputies were physically attacked by 29 year old Frank Ellis Moss who lives in the Dayton, Texas area after he evaded a traffic-controlled construction site and was stopped for the traffic violation of unsafe lane change. One Deputy suffered a broken jaw and tooth and a head injury and was transported to a Houston area hospital for treatment. The second Deputy was transported to the Liberty Dayton Memorial Hospital for treatment of a knee injury and later released. Moss was arrested and charged and was not injured.

According to lead Investigator Sgt. Chris Ungles, several Deputies were working traffic control of a large construction site in the 13200 block of Hwy. 146 in south Liberty County where heavy equipment and workers’ vehicular traffic enters and exits Hwy. 146 to an on-going construction site. Marked Sheriff’s vehicles with their emergency lights flashing notify the motoring public to slow down or stop for this dangerous intersection. Sgt. Ungles said that Frank Moss approached this controlled area and went around a Deputy’s vehicle almost striking an on-coming vehicle head on. The Deputy stopped Moss but before the Deputy could confront Moss, Frank Moss “burned rubber” for approximately 98’ further down the highway before the Deputy stopped him again. Moss was advised that he was under arrest but Moss became combative and resisted arrest yelling that “… nobody is going to put me in jail…”. Moss then “sucker punched” the Deputy which broke his jaw and tooth and knocked him to the concrete pavement resulting in a head injury. A second Deputy ran up to assist which resulted in the injury of this second Deputy as well. While these two Deputies continued to try and affect an arrest of Moss, a third Deputy approached and was forced to “taze” Frank Moss to bring him under control and accomplish the arrest without further injury to anyone else.

Frank Moss, has a prior arrest in 2012 also for Assaulting a Public Servant in the City of Dayton. Sheriff Bobby Rader commented that from the prior arrest of Moss on similar charges that his issues with law enforcement appear to be a continuing attitude of refusing to obey lawful directives even if those directives are meant for the safety of others.

Frank Ellis Moss, age 28, was placed in the Liberty County jail on one charge of Aggravated Assault of a Public Servant, as well as second charge of Assault of a Public Servant. Upon the request of both injured Deputies, their names are being withheld. Bond for Moss was set at $100,000 dollars on each charge.

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