UPDATE: Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers joining search for man who shot at Corrigan officer.
Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers has been asked to assist in identifying the shooter in Tuesday morning’s attempted murder of a Corrigan Police Officer.
Anyone with information concerning the crime, the identity of the suspect, or the vehicle may call Crime Stoppers at (936) 639-TIPS (639-8477) or submit a tip online at www.639TIPS.com. Crime Stoppers calls and tips are anonymous, and the first, most accurate anonymous tip that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward. Crime Stoppers only pays rewards for anonymous tips submitted directly to Crime Stoppers and that concern information not previously provided to or known by law enforcement. Information reported directly to a law enforcement officer or agency is not eligible for a reward or Crime Stoppers anonymity; tips must go through Crime Stoppers’ tipline, website, or mobile app (available through our website).
The Corrigan Police Department has put out pictures of a person who was involved in a shootout with a police officer. Officials are seeking his identity.
According to the Corrigan Police Department, an officer pulled over an SUV on State Highway 287 E early Tuesday morning. The officer clocked the vehicle driving 77 mph in a 55 mph zone.
When the officer approached the SUV, the man said his driver license was in a backpack behind his seat. The officer then told the man to get his license.
When the driver got out of the SUV, he began to act nervous and the officer reported he could not see the man’s right hand. At this time, the officer ordered the driver to show his hands. The man then pulled a handgun and fired at least one shot at the officer after refusing a command to not move.
In response, the officer drew his own gun and returned fire at the driver, according to Corrigan Police.
The driver realized he didn’t put the SUV into park when it started moving down the shoulder of the road, and he ran to it. After getting back into the SUV, he made a U-turn and headed west toward Groveton.
Corrigan Police said the officer was not injured.
The suspect vehicle is described as a 2000s model Jeep Cherokee. The vehicle had a temporary tag of 02D9844. The driver is described as a black male in his 30s with a mustache wearing a construction vest.
The Corrigan Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding the suspect and the Jeep Cherokee. The non-emergency phone number for the Corrigan Police Department is (936) 398-2551.