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Shooting Suspect Fires At Officers, Prompts Chase Down I-30

By Andrea Lucia & Matt Goodman, CBSDFW.com
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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - A shooting suspect opened fire on police officers after being pulled over at Interstate 30 and Eastchase Parkway late Tuesday night, prompting a chase down the freeway that ended in Grand Prairie.

According to officers on the scene, police were called to a tire shop on South Loop 820 near Sunflower Road where they found a man shot, lying on the ground. Police said it may have stemmed from a dispute over tires.

Police were told the suspect was driving a black Chrysler, which was soon spotted traveling north on Loop 820. Police pulled the car over at Interstate 30 and Eastchase Parkway.

When officers approached the vehicle, the suspect rolled his window down and fired two or three rounds. The responding officer returned fire as he darted back to his vehicle.

“It went in slow motion like everyone says,” said responding Officer Salazar, who did not give his first name.

Salazar’s police cruiser had a cracked windshield and a bullet hole through its spotlight.

The suspect then sped off, traveling east on Interstate 30, police said. The chase flew into Grand Prairie, where the suspect was pulled over without further incident underneath the freeway at Belt Line Road.

The suspect, who was not identified late Tuesday night, was arrested and taken to the hospital with what police describe as a “very fast heart rate.” He was otherwise uninjured, officers said.

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