Police Chase Ends With Gunfire

by Stuart Burson

Three East Texans are in the Angelina County Jail following an exchange of gunfire between them and police early Sunday morning.

According to Huntington police chief David West, it all began around twelve thirty Sunday morning when Huntington police officer Jeff Richardson attempted to perform a routine traffic stop on Highway 69. Chief West says the vehicle refused to stop.

Officer Richardson pursued the vehicle down FM 326 where Chief West says three shots were fired from a 308 assault riffle, striking Richardson's patrol car and forcing him off the road. Chief West says three more shots where then fired at Richardson who was never hit.

Chief West and Precinct 1 Constable Tom Sellman continued the pursuit. West says the pursuit wound up on FM 1669 when an additional shot was fired towards Sellman. The chase ended on Don Ivey road.

That's when Chief West says that the vehicle came towards them. West says he fired at the vehicle, striking the driver... 22 year old Tanner Hole of Huntington two to three times... at least once in the head, grazing his scalp, and once in the hand. He was treated and released.

Also arrested were two passengers in the vehicle. Eighteen year old Sabrina Canda of Huntington and 21 year old Steven Wilson of Lufkin. All three are now facing two counts of attempted capital murder.

Texas Rangers are investigating.

Officer Jeff Richardson was taken to the hospital to be treated for glass in his face and a strained neck.