Two Bowie County Deputies shot; suspect in custody

Bowie County, Tx. - FROM KTAL NEWS:

BOWIE COUNTY, TX - Two Bowie County Sheriff’s deputies were injured early this morning by a suspect who is now in custody.

BCSO Deputies Eric McMillian and Westin Fannin were treated and release from the hospital, after suspect Bryan Lee Batchelor, rammed their squad car with this truck and fired multiple shots at them. Batchelor was later injured in a second gunfire exchange, and was taken to the hospital, where he remains in custody of the BCSO.

It happened around 12:30 a.m. today when deputies were called to a house fire in the 4600 block of Farm to Market 44 East to assist the DeKalb Volunteer Fire Department.

When firefighters arrived, Batchelor, who is identified as the homeowner, didn't want the fire put out and pointed a firearm at firefighters in an attempt to stop them. When deputies arrive to assist, Batchelor jumped in his truck and drove into a pasture to elude them.

McMillan and Fannin, who also is a member of the DeKalb Volunteer Fire Department, drove through the field to try to detain Bachelor, but became stuck. Batchelor took advantage of that, and rammed into the BCSO vehicle with the officers inside, and then discharged several rounds, as the deputies returned fire. Both deputies suffered gunshot wounds from the exchange, but were not critically injured.

Bachelor then fled in his vehicle but was spotted on County Road 4241 by  BCSO deputy Clint Freeman. Freeman realized Batchelor intended to strike his vehicle. Though he attempted to maneuver away, he didn’t make it, and Batchelor rammed Freeman’s BCSO vehicle, rendering it inoperable.

Deputies lost sight of Batchelor in the darkness, but then BCSO Lt. Chris Allison and Deputy Martin McGee spotted him on Country Road 4235 when he turned on his truck’s exterior lights. Batchelor saw them too, and intentionally crashed into their patrol unit.

Gunfire again took place, but this time deputies were able to apprehend Bachelor and take him into custody. Batchelor was injured, and deputies treated him for those injuries until medical personnel arrivd.

Batchelor was then transported to the hospital, where he remains in custody at this time.

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