Suspect in fatal carjacking, shooting of Burleson police officer caught in Gainesville
GAINESVILLE, Texas (KXII) - A suspect in a fatal carjacking and shooting of a Burleson police officer was arrested after an attempted traffic stop on Interstate 35 ended in a manhunt in a Gainesville neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.
Police arrested Jerry Elders, 39, after troopers tried to pull him over near Gainesville. Cooke County Sheriff Ray Sappington said Elders was driving a stolen silver Toyota Tacoma pickup around 1:30 p.m. when he exited at Weaver Street and turned on Shadowood Lane. Sappington said he then abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot.
“An intense manhunt followed involving the Cooke County Sheriff’s Office, Texas DPS, and Gainesville PD,” Sappington said in a press release Wednesday. " In a very short period of time, the suspect, Jerry Don Elders, was apprehended by Cooke County Deputies and transported to the Cooke County Jail.”
At a morning press conference, Burleson Police said there were three people — two men and a woman — in the vehicle and that one of them opened fire as the lawman approached the passenger’s side front door of the vehicle. The officer, whose name has not been released, was shot “multiple” times.
Burleson Police said one suspect has been arrested, another person is being interviewed, and they are still searching for a third.
“I went out to walk this dog and when I opened the door there were police everywhere,” said Bob Ellis who lives on the street Elders was arrested on. “What I immediately did was load my pistol.”
Racheal Rodriguez was at work when the search for Elders led police to the home down the street from hers.
“We wanted a good quiet neighborhood and then this happens but you know there is a lot of mean, evil people out there,” Rodriguez said.
Burleson Police say the officer shot was taken to a Fort Worth hospital, Joshua Lott, is expected to survive.
Elders is being held on $1,010,000 bond in the Johnson County Jail. The woman with him at the time of the traffic stop is cooperating with law enforcement, it’s unknown whether the other man in the vehicle has been apprehended.
The shooting is at least the fourth involving a Texas law enforcement officer in recent weeks, including last month’s fatal shooting of a Texas state trooper during a traffic stop near Mexia, about 75 miles southeast of Dallas.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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