TERRELL (CBSDFW.COM) — A man is in police custody in a hospital after being shot multiple times by a Terrell police officer Saturday morning.
Police had been looking for the man, an Arlington resident, for at least three hours before the shooting occurred, according to the Terrell Police Department. Once found, the man, who was armed, led police on a car chase. He got out of his car in the 300 block of Wall Street and was shot while trying to break into a residence to get to his estranged wife, police say.
The man, 28, was conscious when he was taken to Baylor Hospital of Dallas by CareFlite Ambulance. Police say he is expected to survive.
Terrell police say they were notified the man was in the city, looking for his estranged wife, around 4:15 a.m. Saturday. The suspect, armed with a pistol, was threatening her and is known for being violent, according to the department. Police found his car, but didn’t find him until an off-duty officer saw him getting into the vehicle around 7:25 a.m.
This isn’t the man’s first run-in with police, Terrell PD says. According to the press release, Mansfield police had two felony warrants — sexual assault and aggravated assault for serious bodily injury to a family member two or more times in a year — on the man, with bond totaling $130,000. Terrell police also engaged the man when he was reportedly stalking his estranged wife, who he thought was in the city, on Oct. 20. Terrell police say the Mansfield department warned them to use caution because the man was wanted for “hindering apprehension” and is known to be dangerous. Terrell officers were able to arrest him then.
After the off-duty officer told the department where the man was, on-duty officers tried to stop him. The man fled, according to police.
Officers engaged him after he got out of the car and tried to break down the back door of the residence where his estranged wife was, police say. One officer, who Terrell police calls a “very experienced veteran with the department,” then shot the man multiple times.
No officers were injured, and the officer who shot the man is being placed on routine administrative leave.
Terrell police are continuing their investigation into the man and plan to transport him to Kaufman County Jail once he is released from the hospital.
Texas Rangers and Terrell Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit are investigating the shooting. The Attorney General’s Office will be notified on Monday, according to the release.
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