A prosecutor from the Nueces County District Attorney's Office was
found by police early Wednesday morning outside of his downtown
apartment in his underwear.
Assistant DA Christopher Morrell was picked up and taken to the hospital. Witnesses at the scene said it took four officers to tackle and subdue him.
Police had little else to say about the incident, and no one has more questions about what happened to the young misdemeanor prosecutor, who is said to be in his late 20s, than District Attorney Mark Skurka.
"I don't know what it is," Skurka said. "We haven't heard any information from the hospital or what the situation is."
The incident happened around 6:30 a.m., just outside the Limerick Apartments on Chaparral and Coopers Alley, where Morrell lives. Witnesses said that one officer even had to place a knee on Morrell's back to keep him on the ground while officers detained him.
According to residents at Morrell's apartment complex, they found his apartment door wide open.
Skurka said the young prosecutor was not arrested and is not facing any charges. He added that officers knew something was not right with Morrell.
"The officers are trained to recognize situations for what they are, and if a person is a danger, could be a danger to himself or others, they would seek medical treatment instead of putting him in the City Detention Center," Skurka said. "And that's my understanding as to what happened."
Morrell, who has only been working in the District Attorney's Office for about four months, was transported to Christus Spohn Memorial for evaluation. There has been no word yet if alcohol or drugs were involved.
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