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‘The Suspect Is In Critical Condition. I’m Hopeful For Swift Justice’

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper was shot during a pursuit.

San Antonio, TX – A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper was shot Sunday afternoon while in pursuit of a suspect.

The incident occurred at about 3:20 p.m. in Bexar County, when the trooper attempted to stop a car for a traffic violation, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

The suspect gave the trooper a fake name so the trooper attempted to arrest him, according to Deon Cockrell, the public information officer for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Police said the suspect resisted arrest. There was a scuffle and the suspect was able to get back into his car and leave, according to police.

The suspect fled the scene and the trooper lost sight of him. A DPS helicopter located the suspect in Bexar County. The trooper was back in pursuit and chased the suspect off of the highway and onto an access road.

The suspect go back on the highway but was traveling in the wrong direction and into traffic. The suspect then stopped his vehicle and got out.

At that point, the trooper and the suspect exchanged gunfire, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

The trooper was shot in the arm, according to WOAI-TV. He had his arm in a tourniquet and was talking at the scene, according to a source. The trooper was airlifted to the hospital by a Department of Public Safety helicopter.

Police arrested the suspect who was reportedly shot in the stomach during the gunfight, according to WOAI-TV.

Police were not releasing the name of the trooper or the suspect.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott posted that the state trooper’s injuries were not life threatening.

“Keep him in your prayers,” Abbott posted. “The suspect is in critical condition. I’m hopeful for swift justice.”

AndrewBlake - February Mon, 2018

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