Weatherford officer, suspect wounded during struggle outside restaurant
A police officer was recovering and a suspect was in guarded condition after they were both shot Thursday during a traffic stop outside a restaurant in Weatherford.
Around 9:15 p.m. officer Chris Bumpas stopped a vehicle carrying two men and a woman during an investigation at the Tequila Bar Y Grill at 2150 Tin Top Road, Weatherford Deputy Chief Chris Crawford said. Bumpas stopped the vehicle because it was being driven erratically, according to police.
During the investigation, it was discovered that one of the men had an outstanding arrest warrant. When Bumpas and a backup officer tried to arrest the suspect, he became combative, hitting Bumpas in the head with a metal flashlight, police said.
The backup officer used his Taser, but that did not stop the suspect from continuing to assault Bumpas, police said. That officer then fired his gun, striking the suspect and Bumpas.
The restaurant was filled with patrons, but no one else was hurt, Crawford said.
Bumpas, who was wearing a protective vest, was struck in the gun belt area and the bullet went into his abdomen, said Sgt. Jason Hayes, a police spokesman.
He declined to identify the suspect.
Bumpas was in stable condition late Friday at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
“I just left him this afternoon,” Hayes said. “He was awake and alert and we hope he will be released soon.”
Bumpas has been with the department about a year, Crawford said. He was named Rookie of the Year by the department last week, a Facebook post said.
Hayes said the suspect underwent a more extensive surgery than Bumpas but an update on his medical condition was unavailable. He was last listed in guarded condition.
Police would not say how many times the suspect was shot or where he was shot.
On his release, the suspect will be arrested on the original warrant and taken to the Parker County Jail, authorities said. Police have not disclosed what the warrant is for. He will also face a charge of aggravated assault of a peace officer.
The woman and the man in the vehicle with the suspect were not involved in the assault, Hayes said. The woman was released at the scene, Hayes said.
Police said they found drugs on the other man, Michael Shane Hope, 42, who was arrested. Hope is being held in the Parker County Jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, Hayes said.
No weapons, other than the flashlight used to hit officers, have been recovered by authorities, police said.
“We’re still trying to debrief several witnesses and determine all the facts that led up to the shooting,” Crawford said earlier Friday. “It will take quite a while to sort everything out.”
The officer who fired his weapon has not been identified and was placed on administrative leave per department policy.
Weatherford detectives and a Texas Ranger were conducting interviews early Friday. The Texas Rangers are leading the investigation.