WILBARGER COUNTY – A high-speed chase that began in Burkburnett Thursday morning and ended outside of Vernon ended with one person fatally shot and another in the hospital in serious, but stable condition.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Dan Buesing says the driver was fatally shot by a DPS Trooper after they were able to stop the car by laying down spike strips.
The chase began in Burkburnett with police chasing the driver’s car, a Dodge Charger, into Wichita Falls, where officers from the Wichita Falls Police Department joined. Iowa Park and Wichita County Sheriff’s Deputies were also part of the chase.
Electra Police Department officers became involved and tried to lay down a spike strip, but it was unsuccessful. Then DPS Troopers were able to lay down a strip, that disabled the car.
After successfully disabling the car, authorities say the driver attacked the victim.
“Our deputy was getting out of the unit with his firearm. He saw the victim getting out of the passenger side running back toward the troopers that were pulling up,” Wichita County Sheriff David Duke said. “The suspect got out and ran. Our deputy witnessed the suspect tackle the female and had a large knife and began stabbing her. At that point, DPS engaged the suspect.”
Sheriff Duke said the victim was transported to Wilbarger General Hospital in Vernon and then flown by medical helicopter to OU Medical Center in Norman, Okla.
Sergeant Dan Buesing said the driver kidnapped the victim from Norman, Okla.
Norman Police Department Public Information Officer Sarah Jensen said, “The Norman Police Department responded to a report of a domestic disturbance that resulted in the kidnapping of an adult female.”
Jensen said they were notified later that law enforcement in Texas was in pursuit of the suspect vehicle.
The name of the driver and victim are not being released at this time.
No law enforcement officers were injured.
Texas Rangers are leading the investigation since the incident was an officer-involved shooting.
A high-speed chase that began in Wichita Falls continuing along US Highway 287 ended near Vernon with shots fired by an officer, killing the suspect.
Sheriff David Duke, a female passenger was transported to Vernon and then airlifted to United Regional hospital with multiple stab wounds. She is listed critical condition at the time of this writing.
Texas Rangers have arrived on the scene to investigate due to the incident being an officer-involved shooting. Wichita County Sheriff’s office, DPS, Vernon Fire/EMS and TxDOT helped work the scene where the shooting took place.
The chase began in Burkburnett, Texas, a community approximately 15 miles north of Wichita Falls. Once the vehicles entered Wichita Falls, the WFPD joined in the pursuit. The Iowa Park sheriff’s departments joined in the chase as well.
The Electra police department became involved, trying unsuccessfully to stop the vehicle with spike strips. The Wichita County sheriff’s department and the Texas Department of Public Safety joined the chase, TxDPS laying a successful spike strip down on US Highway 287. After the vehicle was stopped, the shooting scene unfolded.
At writing time, the suspect and the stabbing victim were unidentified. The vehicle tags show the car’s registration to be from Oklahoma.
Traffic was being delayed on US 287 northbound near Vernon as responders worked the scene.
This is a developing story.