Crime

Driver accused of ramming officer’s vehicle identified

Officers surround Darril Karl Jr. following a crash in Crowley Friday morning.
Officers surround Darril Karl Jr. following a crash in Crowley Friday morning. Courtesy

A man arrested Friday and accused of ramming the vehicle of an undercover fugitive officer in Crowley while trying to flee with a wanted murder suspect has been identified as a 36-year-old Temple man.

Darril Hagger Karl Jr. faces charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer and evading arrest. He was being held Monday in the Mansfield Jail with bail set at $55,000 in the two cases.

Undercover Fort Worth fugitive officers were trailing Karl’s white pickup Friday morning after seeing him drive off with Kristun Madewell and a female passenger from a Crowley house. The officers were watching the house after receiving information that Madewell, who was wanted on a murder warrant out of Fort Worth, had been hiding there.

Police officials have said the officers had been trailing the pickup, waiting for Crowley officers in marked patrol cars to arrive, when the suspects apparently realized police were following them.

Officials said Karl repeatedly rammed the unmarked police car before spinning out of control and crashing into a brick wall at a subdivision.

All three truck occupants and the fugitive officer were hospitalized with what police described as injuries that are not life-threatening.

The truck’s female passenger was not arrested, police said Monday.

Madewell and his girlfriend, Milisha M. Moore, 31, are accused in the slaying of Christopher Ortega, 29.

Ortega was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds early Dec. 12 in the bedroom of a house in the 1500 block of Willow Park Drive in far south Fort Worth.

Police have said the slaying is believed to be drug-related.

Madewell was being held in the Mansfield Jail with bail set at $25,000 in the murder case.

Moore was being held in the Tarrant County Jail on Monday with bail set at $100,000 in the murder case.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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