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Tyler motorcycle officer attacked during traffic stop

Michael Webb. Photo Source: Smith County Jail. Michael Webb. Photo Source: Smith County Jail.

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) – A Tyler Motorcycle Officer ends up in the hospital after exchanging blows with a suspect in the middle of a busy school zone.

Officer Bill Steinmiller was working traffic at College and Front Street, near Caldwell Elementary.

It was around 8 am when he pulled over Michael Webb for talking on a cell phone while driving through a school zone.

Police say Webb was already wanted on three outstanding felony drug warrants, and he literally, wasn't going down without a fight.

Crossing Guard Margaret Akins is finally off duty. She was still on the clock when Officer Steinmiller pulled over a car right behind her, "I mean he tackled him… [he] was checking the man out, and that's when the man started fighting with him."

Don Martin of the Tyler Police Department said, "Shoved him up against the building, the officer hit his head up against there, they went down on the ground."

Officer Martin says Webb's name popped up with three outstanding warrants. Steinmiller was waiting for back-up when the suspect got out of the car and attacked him.

Steinmiller was waiting for back-up when the suspect got out of the car and attacked him.

"He was trying to get his gun, the way he acted, I'm sure of it. And they kept tumbling down the sidewalk," said Akins.

Officer Martin says, thankfully, Smith County DA Investigator Fabio Martinez was driving by when he saw the fight and got out to help.

Together, Officer Steinmiller and Investigator Martinez were finally able to get the suspect under control, and all of this unfolded just yards away from where teachers and parents, students were getting ready to start the school day.

"I'm proud of Fabio for what he did," says Smith County District Attorney Matt Bingham, "He saw another peace officer in a fight with a suspect and he jumped in there and stopped it just like the PD would have done for us."

Police say Webb's got an extensive and violent criminal history, including multiple arrests in Smith County on drug possession.

He'll add two charges of assault on a public servant to that rap sheet.

Officer Steinmiller and Investigator Martinez were both treated and released from ETMC.

Officers on the scene say that marijuana and prescription drugs were found in the suspects car.

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