Police Chase Ends in Tatum, Suspect Shot
Posted February 21, 2017 by easttexastoday |   

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Rusk County officials and the Texas Rangers are currently investigating an incident after a police chase involving two Panola County deputies ended in Tatum.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, deputies attempted to initiate a traffic stop in the Beckville area on a vehicle suspected to be involved in a theft attempt. That vehicle led deputies on a chase north on Highway 149 into Rusk County and the City of Tatum.

Once in Tatum, the suspect turned left off the roadway prior to reaching the intersection with Highway 43 and drove into a cyclone fence at the office building of Justice of Peace, Precinct 2, Bonnie Miller. The suspect continued his attempt to flee, knocking down a deputy before he was subdued. Damage was sustained to both sheriff office vehicles as well.

16830664_1342107405847114_5216504737498297940_n“This evening we had officers investigating a possible unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Officers indicated that they observed a vehicle in the Beckville area that matched the description of a possible suspect involved in this attempted theft of a vehicle,” Panola County Sheriff Lake said. “They attempted to make a traffic stop on that vehicle and it fled toward Tatum.”

“They pursued the vehicle into Tatum where Tatum PD assisted. The vehicle ran into a fence inside the city limits where the suspect proceeded to attempt to travel. Subject’s vehicle struck two Panola County patrol units. Also struck one Panola County deputy, knocking him to the ground.”

The suspect was transported to a Longview hospital by Champion EMS with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries. The deputy, who sustained minor injuries, was taken to ETMC Carthage.  16831944_1342107445847110_3862214489892371244_n 16832132_1342107449180443_4789857415480708860_n

Updates on this story will be given as they become available.