Texas Police Officer, Deputy Shot; Suspect Killed

June 28, 2013
The suspect reportedly had an assault-style rifle and dozens of shell casings were found at the scene.

GRANBURY, Texas -- Two law enforcement officers were wounded and a suspect was fatally shot Friday morning in an incident that ended near Granbury City Hall.

A Hood County Sheriff's deputy was flown to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and a Granbury police officer was transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Their conditions were not known.

Details were sketchy, but the incident apparently started during a traffic stop in the Oak Trail Shores trailer park -- just outside of Granbury -- where a deputy was shot, according to the Hood County News.

The suspect, driving a white van and heavily armed, then fled to downtown Granbury, where a shootout with police ensued about 11 a.m. near Granbury City Hall, said Hood County Judge Darrell Cockerham.

John Luton, president of the First National Bank of Granbury, said he could hear the sirens approaching and quickly realized officers weren't just responding to a traffic accident. Then, he could hear the rapid exchange of gunfire.

"It's not something you're used to hearing sitting inside a 150-year-old rock building," Luton said.

Luton said the suspect's vehicle was still in the City Hall parking lot with dozens of yellow cones on the ground, indicating where shells were found.

By the sounds he heard outside, Luton said he believes officers were pursuing the suspect as he came toward downtown.

"I think they chased him and he ended up here," Luton said.

One woman said she first thought the shooting was one of the Old West re-enactments that are conducted regularly on weekends in the popular downtown area.

"But this was a whole different kind of noise," she said. "It was bam-bam-bam!"

When the shooting occurred, no bank employees or customers were outside and no stray bullets struck vehicles in the bank parking lot. Luton said there is a large crime-scene area along Houston Street, also known as Texas 51, that remains closed.

The suspect, who was shot and killed by police, reportedly had an assault-style rifle and handgun. His body was loaded into an orange bag and taken away about 2 p.m. Friday.

Copyright 2013 - Fort Worth Star-Telegram

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Sponsored Recommendations

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of Officer, create an account today!