Weatherford Star-Telegram

Suspect in officer-involved shooting in Weatherford goes to jail

Officer Chris Bumpas accepts his Rookie of the Year award from the Weatherford Police Department. He was shot by friendly fire Dec. 29 and is recovering at home.
Officer Chris Bumpas accepts his Rookie of the Year award from the Weatherford Police Department. He was shot by friendly fire Dec. 29 and is recovering at home.

A police officer and a suspect who were shot by a Weatherford police officer are both out of the hospital.

Officer Chris Bumpas is recovering at home. The suspect Bumpas was trying to apprehend when he was shot, identified as Wesley Lewis Elam, 49, of Weatherford, was released Tuesday from John Peter Smith Hospital, and is in the Parker County Jail, according to authorities.

Elam faces a charge of aggravated assault against a public servant and also faces a charge of evading arrest or detention from a previous warrant, a news release from Weatherford police said.

Around 9:15 p.m. Dec. 29, Bumpas stopped a vehicle containing two men and a woman during an investigation at Tequila Bar Y Grill at 2150 Tin Top Road, police have said.

During the investigation, it was discovered that one of the men in the vehicle had an outstanding warrant. Bumpas and a back-up officer were trying to arrest the suspect when he became combative, hitting Bumpas in the head with a metal flashlight, police said.

The back-up officer then fired his gun, striking the suspect and Bumpas. Bumpas, who was wearing a protective vest, was struck in the gunbelt area and the bullet went into his abdomen, police said.

Bumpas has been with the department about a year, police said. He was named Rookie of the Year by the department last week, a Facebook post said.

Elam is awaiting arraignment. No date has been set for Bumpas to return to work, the news release said.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3

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