Family members of a Port Arthur police officer charged with assault say he was trying to break up a fight and should be commended, not charged.
The incident happened Friday in Liberty. Port Arthur Police Officer Ashton Tylor Moss, 24, of Hardin, is charged with Class A assault following a fight at a party.
The officer’s mother, Wendy Moss, told 12News that she believes he was trying to break up a fight and did not assault anyone.
"I will say this.... he saved someone's life.... the opposite of assault," she told 12News.
A spokesperson for the Liberty Police Department said officers also charged Samantha Rene Taylor, 27, of Liberty. They say she and Officer Moss attacked a 30-year-old woman at the party. Moss and Taylor were arrested at their homes after the charges were filed Monday. Each was released from the Liberty County Jail on a $4,000 bond.
The Port Arthur Police Department was notified of Moss' charge according to the Liberty release. The City of Port Arthur’s public information officer told 12News she had no comment on the charges when contacted on Tuesday.