Bonds total $260K for man arrested after robbery, chase, shooting

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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Bonds total $260,000 for a man charged in connection with a string of incidents in Waco that started with a demand for money from a local store and ended with officers firing at him, leaving him with non-life-threatening injuries.

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Christopher Antwon Blackwell, 37, remains in the McLennan County Jail, charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated assault on a peace officer, possession of a firearm by a felon and evading arrest, online jail records showed.

Blackwell was arrested after a man with a shotgun walked into a store Monday night at North 26th Street and Colonial Avenue and started yelling about the owner owing him money.

The man didn’t demand money from the register, but evidently believed someone there owed him money, police, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

The owner was not there at the time, police said.

When officers in unmarked, and later marked, units arrived at the business, the man drove off at a high rate of speed with police in pursuit, headed toward Waco Drive.

He was involved in one collision at North 39th and Waco Drive and then his SUV hit a light pole at the intersection of Waco Drive and Valley Mills Drive.

The man refused to get out of the SUV and was cursing at officers after the crash, Swanton said.

He picked up the shotgun and pointed it at the officers, in response to which several officers opened fire, Swanton said.

The man, who was struck in the lower left leg and left buttock "continued to ignore officer’s pleas to exit the vehicle and was cursing at officers indicating they were going to die and that he had a handgun," Swanton said.

SWAT officers "used a less lethal round to break the back glass for improved visibility (and) a distraction device along with pepper-spray was eventually used to force the suspect from the vehicle," Swanton said.

Officers took him into custody after a brief struggle.

He was taken to a local hospital for treatment and then was booked into the McLennan County Jail.

The officers involved are on paid administrative leave, Swanton said.

Waco police and the Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting.