Texas traffic stop of Oklahoma-registered vehicle ends in standoff, arrests

A Department of Public Safety SWAT team stormed a Colorado City home early Tuesday morning and successfully captured three male suspects, one of whom reportedly shot at troopers during a traffic stop Monday morning.

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: January 23, 2013
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A Department of Public Safety SWAT team stormed a Colorado City home early Tuesday morning and successfully captured three male suspects, one of whom reportedly shot at troopers during a traffic stop Monday morning.

According a report from the DPS, a trooper was working stationary radar Monday morning on U.S. Interstate 20 in Mitchell County when a vehicle sped by.

“At approximately 6:20 a.m., (Monday) the trooper clocked an Oklahoma-registered vehicle at 109 mph and stopped the vehicle for speeding,” DPS spokesman Sgt. Sparky Dean reported in an email. “As the trooper approached, he observed three men inside the vehicle. The driver exited the vehicle and fired three shots at the trooper.”

The trooper was not injured, Dean said.

The driver then reportedly re-entered the vehicle and fled eastbound at speeds exceeding 100 mph. Shots were fired several times at the trooper during the pursuit. Troopers lost sight of the vehicle briefly but it was later located abandoned near I-20 on FM 1230 in Nolan County. The Texas Rangers are investigating the incident and are processing the vehicle at this time, Dean reported.

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