Some people do not always have full control over their actions. If they live with a mental illness, they may face struggles in various ways. Unfortunately, some actions could put others in danger, and physical altercations could lead to criminal charges for violent crimes.
It was recently reported that a 22-year-old man was taken into custody in Texas after an altercation with a police officer. Apparently, authorities were alerted to the man after witnesses called about a man swinging a large metal pipe at passing vehicles while standing at an intersection. When an officer arrived at the scene, the man swung the pipe at the officer. As a result, the officer fired his weapon multiple times at the man, who was injured in the event.
The man was transported to an area hospital, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening. According to reports, his relatives indicated that he had been living with mental illness for a long time. Nonetheless, when the man is released from the hospital, he is expected to face charges for aggravated assault of a peace officer.
Many people living with mental illnesses do not know where to turn for help. As a result, they often end up in situations like this one that can end with criminal charges for violent crimes being filed against them. This Texas man may have a long road ahead of him, and he will undoubtedly want to do his best to understand the charges and criminal defense options that he may be able to use.