Police chief injured in courtroom scuffle

April 6, 2011 12:59:46 PM PDT
A Southeast Texas police chief has nine stitches and a shiner after being slugged in the face in a courtroom struggle with a high school student. The Victoria Advocate reports Yoakum Police Chief Arthur Rogers was assisting in municipal court when a judge cited a teenager for truancy. Rogers says the student was leaving the courtroom when he "either said something or made a gesture toward the judge."

The teen was cited for contempt of court, but attempted to leave.

Rogers says that's when they scuffled and he was "popped" in the face, leading to a left black eye.

The student faces charges of assault of a public servant and resisting arrest over Friday's incident.

Yoakum is 125 miles southwest of Houston.