Four people were injured, including a Fort Worth officer, after the driver of a pickup carrying a murder suspect repeatedly rammed the unmarked police SUV that had been trailing him.
Kristun Sean Madewell, who had been the focus of a manhunt since he eluded capture Wednesday, was quickly arrested after the collision sent the pickup careening into a brick wall of the Creekwood subdivision, off Farm Road 1187 in Crowley, and fugitives officers swooped in.
Madewell, as well as the driver of the pickup and an adult female passenger, were taken to a local hospital with what police described as non life-threatening injuries.
The fugitive officer whose undercover sport utility vehicle was rammed was also taken to the hospital but is not believed to have been seriously hurt.
Cpl. Tracey Knight, a Fort Worth police spokeswoman, called the fugitives officers involved in the capturing of Madewell “courageous heroes.”
“Our fugitive officer was rammed one time, he was knocked off the road, and yet he continued to follow this guy because he knew he was dangerous to the community, he knew there was a neighborhood around here and he knew he had to be taken into custody,” Knight said.
Knight said fugitive officers in civilian clothes and unmarked vehicles had began conducting surveillance on a home near 1187 and Main Street in Crowley about 9:30 a.m. Friday after receiving information that Madewell was hiding inside.
Upon confirming the suspect was there, the officers requested Crowley police send marked patrol cars to the location, Knight said.
When Madewell was seen getting into a white pickup truck with two others, the fugitives officers followed, maintaining eye contact on the pickup as they waited for Crowley officers to arrive.
“The suspects in the vehicle obviously found out that our officers were following them and that’s when they rammed our officer in an attempt to get away,” Knight said.
Knight said the driver of the vehicle, whose identity has not yet been released, faces a charge of aggravated assault against a peace officer. Charges may also be pending for the female passenger in the truck, she said.
Accused in slaying
Madewell, 40, and his 31-year-old girlfriend, Milisha M. Moore, are accused in the slaying of Christopher Ortega, 29.
Ortega was found dead early Dec. 12 in the bedroom of a house in the 1500 block of Willow Park Drive in far south Fort Worth. He had been shot multiple times, the Tarrant County medical examiner reported.
Officers had attempted to arrest Madewell on a murder warrant Wednesday afternoon but he and Moore fled.
Authorities later tracked their vehicle to Texas 171 and Country Road 1000. Madewell attempted to drive into a pasture where he stopped and ran away with Moore, authorities said.
Moore was soon captured and investigators later obtained a murder warrant against her as well.
Authorities believe Madewell stole a truck that was found abandoned in the Bicentennial Park neighborhood in Crowley about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
‘They were tenacious’
Knight said the search for Madewell was a multi-jurisdictional effort that included assistance by Crowley and Burleson police and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. At one point, the search involved more than 100 officers and Texas Department of Corrections bloodhounds, and caused schools to be on lock-down.
“The kids are getting out of school early because its Christmas vacation time,” Knight said. “We were very concerned with a fact he was in a neighborhood. Officers wanted to get him into custody as quickly as possible.”
“Our fugitive unit as well as homicide has been searching for the suspect since the homicide occurred,” Knight said. “They were tenacious. They never gave up, even when the suspect was violently trying to get away and ram our officer.”
Madewell has been convicted twice for evading arrest and received six months in state jail in 2009 and prison time in 2012, Johnson County court records show.
Moore was sentenced in June 2012 to eight months in state jail on a Tarrant County conviction of possession of a controlled substance, court records show.
Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655