Bryan Police Assistant Chief On Paid Leave After His Arrest On A Misdemeanor Assault Charge

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A Bryan police assistant chief is on paid administrative leave following his arrest Wednesday morning on a misdemeanor assault charge.

47 year old Wayland Rawls was booked and released from the Brazos County jail after posting a $4,000 dollar bond.

The arrest follows a Texas Rangers investigation of an incident involving two men February 8 at the Astin Mansion events center.

A Department of Public Safety spokesman says he is not aware of the Texas Rangers making any other arrests.

According to a BPD incident report obtained by WTAW News through an open records request, Rawls and another man wished to press charges for class “A” and class “C” misdemeanor assaults.

The incident report did not state who initiated the contact by shoving the palm of his hand into the other man’s face, touching his nose…or the response by striking the first man multiple times to the head and face, resulting in visible injuries.

The incident report did not state what led to the contact.

Rawls is charged with a class “A” assault.

BPD previously reported Rawls, who is assistant chief of the patrol services bureau, was off duty and not working at the time of the alleged assaults.

News release from the Bryan police department:

Wednesday morning February 19, 2020, Assistant Chief Wayland Rawls of the Bryan Police Department was arrested on a Class A Misdemeanor Assault warrant issued by the County Attorney.

This was a result of the investigation by the Texas Rangers, conducted at the request of the Bryan Police Department.

The incident occurred on February 8, 2020, at 506 West 26th Street.

Assistant Chief Rawls was placed on Paid Administrative Leave following the incident and continues in that status pending the outcome of the Bryan Police Department’s internal investigation.