CORRIGAN, TX (KTRE) - In the wake of a traffic stop on State Highway 287 that turned into a shootout, the Corrigan Police Department is now offering a $5,000 for reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
Polk Crime Stoppers is also offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information on the suspect.
At approximately 3:17 a.m. on Tuesday, a Corrigan Police Department officer stopped an eastbound dark-colored Jeep Cherokee in the 1600 block of SH 287 East for doing 77 mph in a 55 mph speed zone, according to a press release. The Cherokee had a temporary tag of 02D9844, and it had damage to its rear end. It could possibly also have damage to the driver's side of the vehicle. There was also a large speaker box in the rear of the vehicle.
When the Corrigan PD officer made contact with the driver of the Jeep, he told the officer that his license was in a backpack behind the driver's seat.
The Corrigan PD told the man he could get his driver's license.
After the driver got out of the SUV, he seemed to be very nervous, the Corrigan PD Officer was unable to 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," said Corrigan Police Chief Darrell Gibson.
Then the man fired at least one shot at the CPD officer, who drew his own weapon. Gunshots were exchanged, the Corrigan PD spokesperson stated.
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.
The suspect is a described as a black man in his 30s to 40s who stands about 5-foot-7. He has a chipped or cracked tooth, and the time of the shooting incident, he was wearing a yellow construction vest.
The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous and caution should be used when approaching the man, a Corrigan PD spokesperson said, adding that that the suspect tried to shoot the CPD officer and run him over with his vehicle.
Anyone with any information about the suspect in this case is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS (639-8477) or submit a tip online at www.639TIPS.com. Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous and the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward.