LaVergne arrest questioned by witnesses who shot video

Above is a video that was shot by a witness to the above event in LaVergne, TN

(LA VERGNE) - Assistant LaVergne Police Chief Keith Lowery told WGNS the initial call was in regards to a possible fight. Lowery further stated in an email...

"The officers arrived and were engaged by Mr. Ticas who appeared intoxicated and wanted to then fight with the responding officers."

"One of the officers that he attacked was a K9 officer who had his partner with him. Another Crime Suppression Officer was assaulted at the same time. Mr. Ticas was charged with 2 counts of Assault on an Officer and also with Public Intoxication."

Assistant Chief Lowery said he will have more information available later after he speaks to the officers involved.

Initial report from WGNS:

A 28-year old man in LaVergne was charged with assault and public intoxication Saturday morning around 1 AM. Witnesses to his arrest claim that LaVergne Police took it a little too far.

The arrest unfolded at a small apartment complex at 5479 Murfreesboro Road in LaVergne.

One witness has posted a video on YouTube of police making the arrest. In the video, you can see the suspect holding his hands over his face while being punched at least six times by one officer while a second officer is seen holding a dog. A third officer is also seen wrestling with Ticas. 

After the subject was placed in handcuffs, he was transported to the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center in Murfreesboro. He bonded out of jail 5-hours later. A mug shot of the suspect shows that he has bruising on his face and forehead.

One woman, by the name of Elizabeth Marie Guerrero, stated, “Police are trying to force the video to be deleted, they showed up at the work place of the girl who made the video and tried to force her to delete - - there is also security footage at apartment site”

Mario Ticas Below


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Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office


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