On April 14, Burleson Police officer Joshua Lott stopped a vehicle for an “equipment violation.” The vehicle had two men and a woman inside. When he approached the vehicle, he was shot multiple times, and according to police radio traffic, the wounded officer’s gun was also taken. The officer was reportedly saved by his body armor, and the shooter was arrested. (KSAT)
When the officer approached the passenger side front door and turned toward the window, someone in the car fired multiple shots through the window, striking him multiple times…[then they] drove away and abandoned the vehicle about 2 miles away along Southeast John Jones Road. It appeared the group may have tried to set the vehicle on fire.
Burleson Police Chief Billy Cordell
The incident occurred at around 4:15 a.m. on Wednesday in Burleson, Texas. According to the Burleson police statement, Officer Lott stopped the vehicle and approached the passenger side. As he did so, one of the subjects opened fire, shooting him multiple times. They then fled the scene, ditching the vehicle about 2 miles away. The officer was transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. He was in stable condition at this writing.
Police scrambled to identify the suspects from body camera footage. Jerry Don Elders, 39, was identified as the shooter and a manhunt ensued. As Elders attempted to evade the manhunt, he carjacked a vehicle, killing a female. She arrived outside the Joshua Police Department at around 8:44 a.m. with gunshot wounds and was transported. She later died at the hospital. According to police, the woman identified as Robin Waddell may have been dumped off at the police department by the suspect after he kidnapped her and stole her Toyota Tacoma.
Robin Waddell’s son Phillip Waddell told CBS 11 News that he chased off a wet, muddy woman he saw on his property Wednesday morning. He told the news station that he believes the suspects then went to his mother’s house next door, where they kidnapped her and stole her pickup truck.
All schools in the area of the shooting went into lockdown as police canvassed the area.
Jerry Don Elders was apprehended in Gainesville, Texas at around 2 p.m. after a car chase and foot pursuit. He faces charges of “aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer, a first-degree felony, and possession of a controlled substance penalty group 1, less than 1 gram, which is also a felony offense.” One person fled from the stolen pickup and is being sought. Another is being questioned at this time. Chief Cordell simply said, “We’ll see where that goes.”
“Officer Lott was fortunate today when there have been other officers that were not. Our prayers are with Officer Lott and his family, the innocent victim’s family whose life was taken when it is believed the suspect carjacked her vehicle, and to all law enforcement officers across the country and their families.”
Excerpt from Burleson Police Statement
Featured photos via Twitter: L-Officer Joshua Lott, R- Jerry Don Elders
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