CORRIGAN, TX (KTRE) - The Corrigan Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect after a traffic stop on State Highway 287 East turned into a shootout early Tuesday morning.
According to the Corrigan Police Chief Darrell Gibson, a CPD officer stopped an eastbound dark-colored early 2000s model Jeep Cherokee in the 1600 block of SH 287 East for doing 77 mph in a 55 mph speed zone. The Cherokee had a temporary tag of 02D9844.
When the Corrigan PD officer made contact with the driver of the Jeep, a black man in his 30s with a mustache wearing a construction vest, he told the officer that his driver's license was in a backpack on the backseat behind his seat Gibson said.
Gibson said the officer told the man that he could get his license.
After the driver got out of the SUV, he seemed to be very nervous,Gibson said. The officer couldn't see the man's right hand.
The Corrigan PD officer told the man, "Let me see your hands."
At that point, the man allegedly pointed a hand gun at the officer.
The officer told the suspect, "I said don't move," Gibson said.
Then the man fired at least one shot at the CPD officer, who drew his own weapon. Gunshots were exchanged, Gibson said.
The driver realized that he didn't put the Cherokee into park when it started moving down the shoulder of the road, and he ran to it.
"The subject realized that the vehicle was in drive, and he ran to his vehicle," Gibson said, "He proceeded to make a circle that left black marks in the road."
After he got back into the SUV, he made a U-turn and intentionally struck the Corrigan PD officer's patrol unit, knocking its mirror off, Gibson said. The suspect then headed west toward Groveton.
Officials say they won't stop searching until this subject is brought to justice.
"Things like this just don't happen in Corrigan Texas. That's why we're asking for the public's help to capture this subject," Gibson said. "We have a lot of law enforcement agencies involved in this."
The Corrigan PD officer was not injured in the incident.
The Corrigan Police Department is asking for the public's help in finding the suspect and the Jeep Cherokee. The non-emergency phone number for the Corrigan Police Department is (936) 398-2551.