The Texas Department of Public Safety has confirmed that an officer-involved shooting and pursuit that ended near Vernon, Texas is connected to a kidnapping that occurred early Thursday morning in Norman.
“It’s all connected to an early morning report that was issued by [the Norman Police Department],” Texas DPS SSgt. Dan Buesing said.
According to Norman Public Safety Information Officer Sarah Jensen, officers responded at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday to a domestic disturbance call in the 1200 block of 36th Avenue NW. By the time police arrived a woman had been allegedly kidnapped.
The reporting party gave officers descriptions of the suspect and a description on the vehicle he was driving.
Buesing said at about 8:30 a.m., a Burkburnett police officer saw the vehicle, the driver fled, and a pursuit ensued,
The chase continued for about 50 miles on U.S. Highway 287 through Wichita Falls, Iowa Park and Electra.
An Electra Police Department officer and Texas DPS Trooper deployed spike strips, or stop sticks, forcing the vehicle to a stop about five miles east of Vernon, Buesing said.
According to police, the alleged kidnapping victim and suspect exited the vehicle, and the man started stabbing the female with a large knife.
Buesing said two Texas Highway Patrol Troopers shot and killed the man. No law enforcement officers were injured during the incident.
Buesing said the identifies of those involved are not being released at this time.
The female victim was transported to Wilbarger General Hospital in Vernon, and later airlifted to OU Medical Center with serious injuries. She remains in critical but stable condition.