Lubbock Police Officer Assaulted at Whataburger
A Lubbock police officer was assaulted in the overnight hours at a fast food restaurant.
Officer Mitchell with LPD responded to a call to the Whataburger on 19th and Avenue Q at 2:11 a.m. where a man was being aggressive with customers and staff.
The man, Eliseo Padilla III, struck Officer Mitchell with a closed fist while he was trying to conduct a pat down on the suspect. Officer Mitchell and Padilla fought until backup arrived and a tazer was used on Padilla to no avail.
From Lubbock Police Department:
Assault on a Police Officer
This morning, Saturday, June 25, 2016 at approximately 2:11 a.m., patrol officers responded to a report of a disturbance with an aggressive suspect threatening customers and staff members at Whataburger, 1702 19th Street. Officer Mitchell was the first officer to arrive. He located the suspect standing next to his vehicle arguing with a security guard. Officer Mitchell attempted to intervene, however the suspect remained argumentative and refused multiple commands from Officer Mitchell to keep his hands out of his pockets.
Officer Mitchell attempted to perform a pat down of the suspect for possible weapons and the suspect punched Officer Mitchell in the face with a closed fist. Officer Mitchell fought with the suspect until backup officers arrived to assist. The suspect continued to strike the officers with a closed fists and he kicked a third officer multiple times. Officers used a Taser, but it had no effect on the suspect. He was eventually arrested and transported to the Lubbock County Detention Facility and booked in.
Eliseo Padilla III – 30
• Assault on a Police Officer
• Resisting Arrest
• Failure to Identify
Officer Mitchell was transported to UMC by EMS for his injuries. The two other officers were treated and released by EMS at the scene.