On 10/5/21 around 0535hrs, officers were dispatched to Bella Vista Apartments for a structure fire. Officers and Fire Personnel arrived in scene and learned that Jimmy Keith (62 years of age) had sustained minor burns to himself after lighting a fire in his apartment. Jimmy was transported to Shannon Downtown to receive treatment for the burns that he had sustained during this incident. Jimmy was under a detention at the hospital for Arson and was under the supervision of a San Angelo Police Officer. While receiving treatment at the hospital, Jimmy fled the facility and made it outside to the north side of the emergency room. The officer stopped Jimmy and attempted to take him into custody but was struck multiple times in the face by the suspect. Multiple civilian staff members from Shannon and Ballinger EMS personnel assisted the Officer with taking Jimmy into custody. Jimmy was ultimately charged with Arson, Assault on a Peace Officer, and evading arrest/detention.
The Officer received treatment at Shannon for facial injuries he had sustained during this incident and was released from the hospital. The San Angelo Police Department would like to thank all who assisted with taking Jimmy into custody.