KXAN, KFDX/KJTL) — AUSTIN (KXAN, KFDX/KJTL) — A guy suspected of shooting a Clay County Sheriff’s Office officer is the subject of a Blue Alert issued to Texans’ mobile phones late Monday night around 11 p.m. The incident occurred near Wichita Falls.
Investigators are on the lookout for a skinny white guy. He last spotted driving a white four-door Cadillac and wearing a black flat-billed hat. The vehicle is said to be damaged, with a shattered back window and perhaps gunshot holes.
Deputy Breanton Chitwood tried to pull the guy over at the Jolly Truck Stop about 7:30 p.m. Monday, according to the sheriff’s office. When Chitwood approached, he shot and returned fire, according to the sheriff’s office. Chitwood wounded in his bulletproof vest and is likely to be alright, according to Clay County Sheriff Jeffrey Lyde.
The vehicle’s license plate number is FXJ-1334, according to Lyde, and the plates stolen.
For any information leading to an arrest, Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward.
What is a Blue Alert, and what does it mean?
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Blue Alert program used to notify the public about individuals suspected of murdering or severely wounding police officers or other members of law enforcement in order to capture the suspect as quickly as possible.
In 2009, former Texas Governor Rick Perry issued an executive order establishing the program, which involves sending emergency messages to mobile phones and other devices with pertinent information about the suspect in order to encourage tips and leads.
The following are the criteria that DPS utilizes to issue alerts:
An offender must have murdered or severely wounded a law enforcement officer.
The investigating law enforcement agency must decide that the criminal presents a significant danger to the public and other law enforcement officers.
The public must be able to see a comprehensive description of the offender’s car, vehicle tag, or partial tag.
The Texas DPS must receive a recommendation from the investigating law enforcement agency of jurisdiction to activate the Blue Alert.
At 10:18 p.m., Texas DPS sent a warning about Wood to cell phones, the @TX Alerts Twitter account, and email. To sign up for alert emails, go to the DPS website and fill out the form.
You can turn on and off emergency notifications in your phone’s settings.
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