A $17,000 reward was offered Tuesday for information leading to the arrest of a suspect who wounded a Parker County deputy as he investigated an illegal deer blind, the sheriff said Tuesday.
A massive search which included local, state and federal law enforcement agencies continued for the gunman.
Authorities identified the deputy as Jarrett Turner, a two-year veteran of the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.
Turner was shot in the foot Monday afternoon as he investigated a criminal trespass report.
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“We are relieved our deputy survived the shooting which could have been a potentially deadly situation,” Sheriff Larry Fowler said in a news release Tuesday. “ We will continue our investigation today with the help of Texas game wardens along with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office.”
The deputy went to the 4700 block of Cattlebaron Road just before 5:30 p.m. Monday after the property owner called the sheriff’s office to report that an unknown person was on his property hunting illegally, the sheriff said.
“As (the deputy) approached the deer blind, someone shot him,” Fowler said.
Turner crawled through brush and over a fence back to his patrol unit where he called for help.
The shooter ran away and has not been found.
Law enforcement agencies which included the Texas Rangers, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Department of Public Safety, Fort Worth police, Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, Reno police, Willow Park police and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives immediately rushed to the scene Monday afternoon in search of the suspect.
The property is between White Settlement Road and Confederate Park Road.
Turner has six years of law enforcement experience.
“We would also like to thank so many local organizations, law enforcement agencies and citizens who have reached out to our department on behalf of our deputy with hospitality offerings and prayers,” the sheriff said.
Staff writer Nichole Manna contributed to this report.