A Denton police officer is out of surgery but remains in critical condition after being shot early Tuesday morning during a traffic stop, police say.
The shooting happened when the officer pulled over a vehicle for an “equipment violation” near the intersection of University Drive and Georgetown Drive shortly after midnight, according to a police news release. Witnesses posted on social media that the shooting happened in a Taco Bell parking lot.
The officer, who hasn’t been identified, underwent surgery at Medical City Denton, Assistant Denton Police Chief Bobby Smith said at a 3:45 a.m. press conference.
The officer remains in critical condition as of 9:45 a.m., police said.
After the shooting, officers in Carrollton spotted what was believed to be the gunman’s car and attempted to make a traffic stop along Sandy Lake Road, police said.
Carrollton police said the driver refused to stop and led police on a slow-speed chase before pulling over near the intersection of Valley View Lane and Luna Road.
A man and woman inside the car were both taken into custody and hospitalized in the Carrollton area with gunshot wounds. Smith did not describe the severity of their injuries.
Smith said further information would be provided at a later time.
The Texas Rangers are leading the investigation with the assistance of the Major Crimes Unit of the Denton Police Department.
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