Marine Arrested for Attacking a New Braunfels Police Officer On Comal River
(New Braunfels, TX) -- A New Braunfels Police officer is at home recovering from wounds he sustained when he was attacked by an allegedly intoxicated active duty Marine from San Antonio over the weekend along the banks of the Comal River. The incident happened around 6pm Saturday on the part of the river that sits near Guada Coma Drive. Officers were called to that area for reports of a physical altercation between a male and two females, and the first responding officer stepped into the middle to break-up the fight. But police say the allegedly intoxicated Marine turned on the officer and attacked him, eventually putting him in a headlock, choking him to the point of unconsciousness, and started dragging him towards the river. But the officer was able to fairly quickly regain consciousness, and eventually escaped the choke hold since the man was wet from being in the river. Of course, other officers were already arriving at the scene, and they quickly arrested the Marine, identified as 28-year old Matthew Cothron of San Antonio. The injured officer, whose name is being withheld for now, was transported to Christus New Braunfels Hospital where he underwent an MRI exam. Meanwhile, Cothron was taken to the Comal County Jail and booked on 1st degree felony charges of aggravated assault against a police officer. He was held for a little more than 12 hours before he posted a 125-thousand dollar bond and was released.
Of course, that incident is grabbing the attention of local officials, not just from the police department, but also at City Hall, where there are now renewed calls for further restrictions on behavior along the rivers. That includes a renewed interest in exploring a possible container ban (on aluminum cans), and renewed interest in exploring options like charging for access to parks that provide a way onto the river (like Prince Solms and Hinman Island). To hear the full report, from KGNB's Mike Reynolds, including comments from Mayor Gale Pospisil and Police Chief Tom Wibert on this weekend’s incident, and the fallout it could have on the local river tourism industry, just click the Audio Clip link below.