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.
About mid-afternoon Monday, law enforcement officers received a tip from local citizens in Colorado City that three men had entered a home. Officers surrounded the house and the neighborhood was evacuated as a safety precaution, Dean reported.
The three men from the traffic stop and reported officer shooting were barricaded in a house in southeast Colorado City for nine hours, according to reports.
Just after midnight, officials made entry into the house and arrested the three men without incident and transported them to the Mitchell County Jail. The identities of the three men have not been released.
More details are forthcoming, Dean said.