Bonham Police are searching for two suspects who are considered to be armed and dangerous after they shot and injured a man Monday night as they broke into his family’s vehicle.
Chief Mike Bankston said shortly after 8:30 p.m., officers responded to a home along Albert Broadfoot Street upon receiving reports of shots fired. Bankston said the owner of the home arrived at his residence and found the two male suspects breaking into his wife’s vehicle, which sat parked in a garage area. The police chief said the victim exited his vehicle with a handgun, but was quickly shot by one of the suspects and did not fire his own weapon.
“He confronted the men,” Bankston said. “One of the suspects fired four times at him and hit him twice, once in the knee and once in the hip. They then fled the scene.”
Bankston said the victim was flown by helicopter to Medical City Plano for treatment and underwent surgery Tuesday morning for injuries, which were not thought to be life threatening. The chief commended the quick response of paramedics and officers, one of whom was close enough to hear the gunfire and approximate its location.
“One of our officers was working traffic over on Center Street at the time, putting him just about a half-mile away,” Bankston said. “He heard the four gunshots and started heading that way before he even got the call and was told where it was.”
The suspects, whom Bankston described as two black males, are believed to be from the area and were last seen wearing a plaid jacket and a gold jacket. No other identifying information was immediately available Tuesday morning. Bankston said the victim appeared to interrupt the suspects not long after they gained entry to the vehicle.
“The best we can figure, is that they may have gotten a pack of cigarettes,” Bankston said of the suspects’ take.
If caught, Bankston said the suspects would likely be charged with burglary and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but he did not rule out the possibility of escalating the assault charge to attempted murder. Bankston said he was glad the victim didn’t sustain more serious injuries, but added that any potentially-dangerous situation should be left for law enforcement whenever possible.
“It would have been so much better if he had backed out and just called 911, but I can certainly understand him trying to protect what’s his,” Bankston said. “I mean, his wife and child were upstairs.”
Those with knowledge of the incident or the suspects’ identities are encouraged to call the Bonham Police Department at 903-583-2141.