12 officers and jail workers quarantined after arrest of COVID-19 positive suspect

Posted at 4:13 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 01:28:41-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A dozen local law enforcement agents are in self-isolation following the arrest and detainment of a COVID-19 positive suspect.

The City of Corpus Christi released a statement on Thursday that five (5) Corpus Christi Police Officers and seven (7) City Detention Center (CDC) staff members are in isolation.

The officers responded to a call Wednesday at the H-E-B located at Port Avenue and Tarlton Street. While making the arrest, a struggle ensued as the officers attempted to restrain the suspect. Officers were unable to maintain proper personal protective equipment during the arrest. The suspect was taken to the City Detention Center (CDC) and later released.

The Corpus Christi – Nueces County Public Health District later notified the Police Department the suspect had tested positive for COVD-19 on Monday, May 11, 2020.

Out of an abundance of caution, the five police officers and seven CDC staff members who came in contact with the individual will be tested and quarantined while waiting for their test results.