A high speed pursuit that started with a deputy getting shot in Montague County ended with law enforcement and the suspect exchanging gunfire at a busy highway intersection in Decatur.
The chase began at the intersection of U.S. 287 and and Highway 59 in Bowie. Montague County Sheriff Deputy James Boyd stopped the suspect, who was driving a black Cadillac with Colorado plates, on a routine traffic stop. During the stop, the suspect opened fire on the deputy, hitting him twice in the chest and once in the head. Montague County District Attorney Paige Williams said the deputy was in stable condition as of this afternoon. Wise County Sheriff David Walker said the bullet proof vest Boyd was wearing most likely saved his life.Boyd received a helicopter transport to a Fort Worth hospital for his injuries.
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The suspect then started the high speed pursuit through heavy traffic from Montague County that ended with a fiery crash and gunfire in Decatur.
With a long trail of patrol vehicles, the southbound Cadillac blazed into Decatur on U.S. 287 at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour or faster. He swerved in and out of local traffic. At times he pointed his gun out the window and fired at law enforcement officers. White smoke poured from the back of the Cadillac as dozens of blue and red lights raced in pursuit.
Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins said he was shot at four times while waiting for the suspect to enter Decatur.
“He shot at me at least four times,” Hoskins said. “It looks like he hit my front tire.”
Hoskins said while in Decatur the suspect stuck his arm out of his moving vehicle and used some kind of automatic or semi-automatic weapon, firing approximately 20 to 30 rounds during his rampage.
Wise County Sheriff’s Patrol Lt. Art Ferguson also had shots fired at him. Bullets punctured his front window, with bullets narrowly missing his head. Shards of glass scratched his face.
After entering Decatur, the suspect turned onto U.S. 380 Business at the McDonald’s. He sped along the business route west until he crashed into an eastbound rock hauler at the beneath the traffic light at the intersection of U.S. 380.
“We think he was going to head east of U.S. 380, but he crashed into an 18-wheeler,” Hoskins said. “At that time he leaped out of his vehicle and opened fire on deputies. They returned fire and the suspect hit the ground.”
The suspect has only been described as a white male in his 30s. Investigators did not find any identification on the suspect. He was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital and was in critical condition.
If the suspect survives, he’ll be facing a litany of potential charges including capital attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.
Anyone with any information on the wreck or who witnessed the suspect fire at law enforcement during the pursuit is encouraged to call Wise County Sheriff’s Office at (940) 627-5971 or Decatur Police Department at (940) 627-1500.
The eastbound lane of U.S. 380 at the intersection will remain closed for several hours as the investigators continue to scour the scene. Traffic is being re-routed onto Business 380, through Rook Ramsey and back on U.S. 380.