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Suspect in shooting of deputy remains at large

Reward offered for information leading to his capture
Maggie Fraser
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A Parker County sheriff’s deputy is recovering from a gunshot wound in his foot after he responded to a trespassing call on Monday, Nov. 12.
The person who shot the deputy was still at large as of press time Tuesday.
Around 5 p.m. on Nov. 12, the Parker County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) answered a trespassing call from a homeowner in the 400 block of Cattlebaron Drive, who said an unknown person was on his property hunting deer illegally, PCSO spokesperson Danie Huffman said.
A deputy – who has not been identified – responded and saw the suspect putting up a deer blind, and when he approached the blind, the suspect shot the deputy in the foot.
The deputy was taken to a Fort Worth hospital for treatment while several law enforcement agencies combed the area for the shooter, Sheriff Larry Fowler said.
“We are relieved our deputy survived the shooting which could have been a potentially deadly situation,” Fowler said. “We are pleased our deputy is recovering and is otherwise all right.
“We will continue our investigation with the help of Texas State Game Wardens along with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office. We want to extend our gratitude for those who are assisting in this investigation. We are hoping the suspect surrenders peacefully without further incident.”
As of Tuesday morning the deputy – who has six years of law enforcement experience and joined PCSO in April 2016 -- had been released from the hospital and was recovering at home, Fowler said.
“We would also like to thank so many local organizations, law enforcement agencies, and citizens who have reached out to our department on behalf of our deputy with hospitality offerings and prayers,” he said.
PCSO is offering a $10,000 reward – personally guaranteed by Fowler -- for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.
Information can be reported anonymously by calling PCSO at (817) 594-8845. Texas Parks and Wildlife is offering a separate $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect under their Operation Game Thief program.
Anyone with information can call the Texas Parks and Wildlife Operation Game Thief hotline and remain anonymous at 1-800-792-GAME (4263). Additionally, Parker County Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.
Anonymous tips can be reported to Crime Stoppers at (817) 599-5555.