Harker Heights police arrested a 39-year-old Fort Hood soldier they said assaulted a police officer.

Richard Peter was charged with assault on a public servant, assault of a family member and resisting arrest in connection with a domestic disturbance reported early Tuesday morning.

While en route to the call, a responding officer heard another Harker Heights police officer call for help on her radio.

When he arrived, the officer saw Peter fighting with at least two officers. Arrest affidavits stated Peter punched a female officer in the face and yanked her to the ground by her hair.

Officers sprayed Peter with pepper spray before eventually restraining him. He continued to resist officers as they placed him in a patrol car, requiring them to use force to detain him, an affidavit stated.

Peter also is accused of causing injuries to a family member by striking her in the face. Multiple restraining orders have since been filed against him.

Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Peter on Tuesday, setting his bail at $210,000.

Peter remained in Bell County Jail on Wednesday night. Records showed he is an E-6 with the 4th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade.

Cooke also arraigned the following:

Randell Stagg II, 21, on charges of theft of a firearm and credit card abuse. Stagg’s bail was set at $45,000.

Dolores Jane Cruz, 47, on charges of possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram, and driving while intoxicated. Cruz’s bail was set at $22,000.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553

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