A Waco police SWAT officer is in critical condition and a drug suspect is dead after he ran over and pinned the officer under an SUV, according to Waco police and news reports.
“Our officers were attempting to stop a suspect in a vehicle to serve a search warrant,” police said in a Facebook post Tuesday. “The suspect intentionally ran over one of our officers, pinning the officer under the suspect SUV.”
Other officers fired at the suspect to prevent further harm and then lifted the SUV off the downed officer, police said in the post.
Both the injured officer and the suspect were taken to a local hospital for treatment. The suspect died, KXXV-TV and others quoted police as saying. The officer had “significant injuries” and was in critical but stable condition at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center with his family by his side, police said.
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The suspect has since been identified as Kerry Demars Bradley, 37, of Waco, and the injured officer as William Graeber, a SWAT team member for five years. Graeber was still in critical condition on Thursday, according to Waco Police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton.
The incident happened about 10:15 a.m. near the intersection of 23rd Street and Olive Avenue. Drug enforcement and SWAT officers were serving a search warrant on the lone occupant of the Denali SUV, Swanton told reporters.
“The suspect accelerated his vehicle, running down our officer in the middle of the roadway,” he said. The other officers fired multiple shots at the suspect, fatally wounding him.
“The officer was uniformed, in tactical gear and was clearly distinguishable to the suspect,” Swanton said about an hour after the incident. “The suspect made the choice to create a hostile act and ran over our officer, causing the actions that occurred here this morning.”