Three Grayson County Sheriff’s Office deputies were transported to the hospital after a suspect rammed his car into the deputies’ vehicle Wednesday afternoon in Sherman, authorities said.
“All three of our deputies had been transported to a local hospital with minor injuries,” Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sarah Bigham said Wednesday evening. “Their injuries are not life-threatening, and they’re expected to be released sometime in the next couple of hours.”
Sherman Police Sgt. D.M. Hampton said the U.S. Marshal-led Joint East Texas Fugitive Taskforce was executing a warrant in the 600 block of Kentucky Street for a suspect with multiple state and federal arrest warrants. The taskforce was assisted by the sheriff’s office and Texas Department of Public Safety personnel.
At about 5 p.m., the suspect was located inside a dark Lincoln sedan. Hampton said the suspect quickly backed out of the driveway and cut across the yard. Traveling northbound on South Throckmorton Street, the suspect intentionally rammed his vehicle into a silver SUV containing the three deputies, Hampton said. The suspect then ran to the east and was apprehended after a short foot chase, he said.
Hampton said a passenger was also in the suspect’s vehicle, and both were taken to a local hospital with undetermined injuries. The three deputies were transported to the Texoma Medical Center for treatment.
“They did have some bumps and bruises, and they’re just kind of shaken up at this point,” Bigham said. “I can’t really go in any further on their medical information, but they are being treated here at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries due to the vehicle accident.”
After the wreck was reported, numerous Sherman Police and sheriff’s office units flooded the area. Sherman Fire-Rescue vehicles also responded, and Throckmorton Street between Spring and Kentucky was closed for several hours.
Bigham said Sherman Police will be investigating what happened during the incident, and multiple people were detained in connection to it. Hampton said the suspect could be facing charges of aggravated assault against a peace officer.
“This is not a motor vehicle accident, this is intentionally using a deadly weapon — the vehicle itself — ramming officers,” Hampton said. “That’s the way it’s going to be looked at.”
Hampton noted authorities may have found a firearm and narcotics in the suspect’s vehicle. Bigham said that after Sherman Police conducts the investigation and turns it over the the district attorney’s office, the DA will decide what charges the suspects face.
“We appreciate the public’s support for our deputies and for our agency,” Bigham said. “We just ask for thoughts and prayers, and thank the public for their support.”