Teenager Shoots Central Texas Police Officer

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

TEAGUE (October 18, 2012)--A Teague police officer was shot in the leg Wednesday night as he tried to handcuff and disarm a teenage suspect, authorities confirmed Thursday.

Freestone County Sheriff Ralph Billings told News 10 a Teague police officer, whom Billings did not name, was sent to a domestic disturbance at around 9 p.m. Wednesday at a residence in Teague where a caller had reported a disturbance between a teenage boy and his mother.

The caller told police the boy was holding a firearm and his mother was trying to take the gun from him.

Billings said when the officer arrived he attempted to arrest the boy and as he put the teenager’s hands behind his back, the firearm discharged and a bullet struck the officer in the thigh.

Several other officers and deputies arrived and began to search for the boy who ran into some nearby woods after the gun discharged, but the teenager returned to the scene on his own and turned himself in, Billings said.

The teenager was detained and taken to a medical facility for evaluation, although he was not injured, Billings said.

The wounded officer was flown to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center, in Waco, where he was treated and released at around 4 a.m. Thursday, Billings said.

Billings said there is a family relationship between the teenager and the officer, but he would not say what that relationship is.

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