Austin (KXAN, KFDX/KJTL) – Blue alert sent to Texans cell phones after 11 pm on Monday night. For the man facing charges of shooting a Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy. The shooting took place near Wichita Falls.
Researchers are looking for a person with a thin structure. He was last seen wearing a dark flat-bill hat and driving a white four-door Cadillac.
The sheriff’s office said a deputy tried to drag the man around 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Jolly Truck Stop. When the deputy walked away, they said he was shot and fired back. According to Clay County Sheriff Jeffrey Laid, the deputy was shot in his bulletproof shirt and is thought to be OK.
Lyd said the vehicle’s license plate number was FXJ-1334. Sheriff Lyde said the plates were stolen.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $ 5,000 award for any information leading to an arrest.
What is Blue Alert?
According to the Texas DPS the Blue Alert program is used to alert the public about people facing charges of killing or seriously injuring police officers or other law enforcement officers in an attempt to apprehend a suspect as soon as possible.
Former Texas Governor Rick Perry signed an executive order in 2009 stating that emergency messages sent to cell phones and other devices, including the executive order to launch the program, contain relevant information about the suspect designed to facilitate tips and leads.
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Criteria used by DPS to issue alerts:
A law enforcement officer must be killed or seriously injured by a criminal
The investigating law enforcement agency must ensure that the perpetrator poses a serious risk or threat to the public and other law enforcement personnel
A detailed description of the offender’s vehicle, vehicle tag or partial tag must be available for public transmission
The jurisdictional law enforcement agency should recommend activating the Blue Alert to the Texas DPS.
The Texas DPS first sent a warning to Wood at 10:18 p.m. For cell phones, @TX_Alerts Twitter account and email. To subscribe to alert emails, go to the DPS site and sign up.
You can turn emergency alerts on and off in your cell phone settings.