Former Martin County sheriff arrested on assault charges

MIDLAND COUNTY -- Brad Ingram remembers when John Woodward was sheriff of Martin County.

John Woodward, 41. (Photo: Midland County Jail)

“He was a real good man to work for,” Ingram said. “He had a lot of potential at that time”

Now the former sheriff is facing two felony assault charges.

According to the Midland County Jail, Woodward has been charged with Aggravated Assault, a 1st Degree Felony, and Assault, a 3rd Degree Felony.

Martin County Sheriff’s deputies were alerted to an attack on Woodward’s girlfriend from a nearby hospital early Friday morning.

The complaint says Woodward struck the victim several times, choked her and pointed a gun at her before pushing her into a gun safe. The woman sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Warrants were issued on Monday, and Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter was asked to meet with Woodward to discuss him turning himself in.

Sheriff Ingram tells CBS7 that there were concerns of officer safety if they went to serve the warrants at his property.

But that didn’t happen. Instead, he was arrested in Midland before surrendering.

Police found weapons in his vehicle, but he did not resist arrest.

Ingram said the allegations against Woodward didn’t surprise him.

“I feared this day might be coming for him,” he said.

Odessa American reports Woodward was forced to resign early in second term after he was caught drinking and getting tattoos with an inmate.

Woodward is being held in Midland County Jail.

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The former sheriff of Martin County has been arrested in Midland.

John Woodward was arrested and booked into the Midland County Jail Wednesday morning.

According to the Midland County Jail, Woodward has been charged with Aggravated Assault, a 1st Degree Felony, and Assault, a 3rd Degree Felony.

Current Sheriff Brad Ingram tells CBS7 that the charges came after a woman called the sheriff's office from the Martin County Hospital claiming that Woodward had hit her several times and knocked her down against a gun safe.

Warrants were issued on Monday, and Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter was asked to meet with Woodward to discuss him turning himself in.

Sheriff Ingram tells CBS7 that there were concerns of officer safety if they went to serve the warrants at his property.

Around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning Woodward was arrested with no incident outside of a business in Midland County.

Weapons were found inside of his vehicle but none were found on his person.

Ingram took over as sheriff for Martin County in 2014 after Woodward resigned from the position.

Tune in to CBS7 throughout the day as we learn more about the case.