Teen gets maced following arrest in Brownsville

Kirk Pursifoll

A teenager is behind bars following an arrest for marijuana where he fought with deputies and allegedly had be maced twice to be put under control.

Cameron County Pct. 1 deputy constables arrested 18-year-old Kirk Pursifoll on multiple charges Tuesday evening.

It all started with a traffic stop for running a stop sign off FM 511 and California Road outside Brownsville.

Deputy constables gave the driver a ticket and let him go but arrested Pursifoll after discovering he had five plastic baggies filled with a total of 1.36 ounces of marijuana.

The Incident

The 18-year-old was in the back of the squad car when he allegedly spit on a deputy constable, started yelling and then started kicking the seats.

Pct. 1 Constable Horacio Zamora told Action 4 News that his deputy pulled over to restrain Pursifoll and planned to restrain his legs but the 18-year-old continued to struggle.

Constable Zamora said an off-duty Border Patrol agent even stopped to help but Pursifoll continued to struggle leaving the deputy no option but use mace twice to get him under control.

Pursifoll TMs relatives allegedly filmed the incident and were warned to stay back or get arrested for interfering with public duties.


Constable Zamora said he believes it was better for his deputy constable to use mace instead of physical force where Pursifoll could have sustained broken bones or other injuries.

For me, it TMs better for him to get maced rather than him get hurt, Zamora said.

Constable Zamora said Pursifoll was calm when he arrived at the Cameron County Jail in Olmito where he was evaluated by a nurse.

It's not clear why Pursifoll became violent but Constable Zamora said a jail nurse cleared the 18-year-old for booking into the jail.

Pursifoll remains in custody under $52,000 dollars in bonds for marijuana, assault of a public servant and resisting arrest charges.