GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A suspect who rammed a police motorcycle during a chase Wednesday afternoon was injured after an officer fired a gunshot at him, police said.
Police said the officer was in the 3000 block of Corn Valley Road at around 3 p.m. and was trying to stop a vehicle for speeding. According to police, the vehicle led the officer on a chase into a neighborhood.
Police said the suspect threw “contraband” out of a window during the chase. The vehicle eventually entered a cul-de-sac in the 2800 block of Springdale Circle.
As the officer issued verbal demands to stop the vehicle, police said the suspect made a U-turn and drove towards the officer’s motorcycle. The officer was able to get off his motorcycle before the crash and fired one shot through the suspect’s windshield, police said.
“The officer feared for his life thinking that he was about to get struck by the vehicle and shot one round into the vehicle,” Mark Beseda of the Grand Prairie Police Department said.
According to police, the suspect suffered a non-life-threatening injury and was transported to a hospital. Police did not say if the suspect was hit by the gunshot.
“The officer was not injured, had he stayed on the motorcycle and not dismounted most likely he would’ve had severe injuries, if not killed,” Beseda said.
The suspect was identified as Jose Vega, 25, of Grand Prairie. The charges he faces are unknown at this time.
The incident is being investigated by both the police department and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office’s officer-involved shooting team.
The officer was placed on routine administrative leave, police said.