January 15, 2014

Driver wounded by White Settlement police after chase into Parker County

The man exchanged gunfire with White Settlement police at the end of a chase in Parker County, authorities say.

A driver pursued by White Settlement police into Parker County was wounded Tuesday when he exchanged gunfire with the officers, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

The wounded man, whom police did not identify, was at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth on Wednesday. His condition was unavailable.

No officers were injured, White Settlement police Lt. John Bevering said.

The chase began about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when officers tried to pull over a parole violator in the 800 block of South Cherry Lane in White Settlement.

“He had left a location with another man, and officers tried to stop him,” Bevering said. “The man who was wanted on parole violation was a passenger in the vehicle, but the driver never stopped.”

The driver got on Interstate 30 and headed west, chased by four patrol cars.

As he exited toward Farm Road 3325 in Parker County, his vehicle spun out and collided with one of the patrol cars.

“As everyone is stopped, the driver fired a handgun at officers and officers returned fire,” Bevering said. “The suspect then began driving again.”

The driver got only a short distance before crashing.

“Gunfire was again exchanged, and the suspect was hit once,” Bevering said. “The passenger, who was the guy officers were trying to arrest in the beginning, was not injured.”

The passenger was arrested on a parole violation warrant, police said.

The driver faces charges of attempted capital murder and evading arrest.

The officer who shot the driver was placed on administrative leave while Texas Rangers and the Parker County Sheriff’s Department investigate. Bevering did not identify the officer.

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