Waco officer struck, pinned beneath SUV; driver shot, killed

WACO, Texas (KWTX) The driver of an SUV who ran down and severely injured a Waco police officer was shot and critically injured Tuesday morning and later died at a local hospital

(Photo by Randy Davis)

The driver of an SUV who ran down and seriously injured a Waco police officer was shot repeatedly Tuesday morning and later died.

SWAT team and drug enforcement officers were attempting to serve a warrant on a vehicle on Olive Street in North Waco when the incident occurred at around 10:10 a.m. Tuesday, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

The officer was walking toward the SUV after a traffic stop at North 23rd Street and Olive Avenue when the driver ran him down.

The officer ended up pinned beneath the SUV, he said.

Other officers opened fire on the suspect and then lifted the SUV off of the officer.

The officer was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center with severe head injuries and was in emergency surgery late Tuesday morning, Swanton said.

He was in critical, but stable condition and his family was with him, Swanton said.

He was conscious and talking to his surgeon, Swanton said.

“He’s got a long road to haul," he said.

“He has multiple fractures, multiple injuries and will be recovering for quite some time.”

The suspect was shot repeatedly and suffered several gunshot wounds to the head.

Paramedics were performing CPR as they transported the suspect to Hillcrest, where he died.

“The suspect made the decision to run our officer down,” Swanton said.

“That is an attempted capital murder.”

“To the family of that suspect, we are sorry for your loss.”

Swanton said the suspect's name likely won't be released until Wednesday.

Olive was blocked off between North 22nd and North 24th Streets and North 23rd street was closed to traffic in the area as well after the incident.

The white GMC Denali the suspect was driving remained stopped in the street with several bullet holes in its windshield.

The suspect, police said, lives in the neighborhood in which the incident occurred.

Texas Rangers will join the investigation of the shooting.

(Paul Gately, Randy Davis, John Carroll and Neal Klaeser contributed to this story)

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