Grand jury clears deputies in shooting

By Brandon Evans | Published Saturday, July 20, 2013

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A Wise County grand jury no-billed a pair of sheriff’s deputies in the fatal shooting of a Colorado fugitive whose high-speed chase ended in Decatur March 21.

Evan Ebel, 28, the man suspected in two Colorado killings, was shot and killed by Wise County sheriff’s deputies on U.S. 380 in the shadow of the sheriff’s office after a wild and bloody chase that began when he shot a Montague County sheriff’s deputy during a routine traffic stop.

Ebel was on the run after allegedly killing Denver pizza delivery driver Nathan Leon on March 17 and Colorado state prisons chief Tom Clements two days later.

A paroled prison gang member, Ebel shot Montague County deputy James Boyd after Boyd pulled him over near Bowie. Two bullets hit Boyd’s protective vest and another creased his head. Despite his injuries, Boyd was able to call in details of the suspect and vehicle to dispatch, which started a chase that reached speeds of up to 100 miles per hour.

Ebel engaged rolling gunfire with state troopers, sheriff’s deputies and Decatur police officers as he sped south into Decatur on U.S. 287. He hit the windshield of one patrol unit and the front bumper of another, firing at least 20 rounds from his 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun.

The chase ended when Ebel’s 1991 Cadillac DeVille smashed into a rock hauler at the intersection of U.S. 380 and U.S. 380 Business West. Ebel rolled from the wreckage and immediately fired more shots at deputies, who returned fire and hit him in the forehead. He died later that evening at a Fort Worth hospital.

The Texas Rangers investigated the incident, which is standard procedure in any shooting involving an officer.

Bomb-making material was found in the trunk of Ebel’s car, but his final plans and destination remains a mystery to investigators.

Boyd miraculously survived the shooting. He was scheduled to throw out the first pitch at the Texas Rangers baseball game Friday.

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