Massive manhunt underway for suspect wanted in shooting of police officer during a traffic stop

WISE COUNTY, TX – Police in Wise County are currently searching for the 43-year-old suspect that officials say is responsible for the shooting of a Rhome Police officer during a traffic stop on the evening of June 13th.

The name of the injured officer has not been released as of this writing.

According to officials, a Rhome Police officer along with Wise County deputies pulled over a motorcycle that allegedly was being driven by 43-year-old Royce Edward Wood, who also had a female passenger on the back of the bike near the intersection Farm-to-Market roads 407 and 2264.

Wise County Sheriff Lance Akin said that Wood had apparently matched the description of a home invasion that occurred within the area during the evening of June 12th.

Officials say that Wood had opened fire on the officer, striking the officer in the leg. The suspect was said to have fled the scene on foot and is still at large as of June 14th. The female passenger on the bike, who has not been named by authorities, was reportedly taken into custody.

The unnamed officer was reportedly transported to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and was last reported as being in stable condition.

Authorities described Wood as a white male, weighing approximately 200 pounds and standing at about 6’2. He was last seen wearing a baseball cap with a camouflage bandana around it, black sunglasses, a vest, and a green shirt.

Anyone with details on the suspect or his whereabouts are urged to contact the Wise County Sheriff’s Office at 940-627-5971.

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In other news regarding injured officers, a North Miami Beach Police officer is still recovering in the ICU after being run over by a suspect involved in a separate hit-and-run the officer responded to. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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AVENTURA, FL – Despite having been run over and housed at an ICU, a North Miami Beach Police officer is reportedly in “good spirits” following the incident.

Officials say that the officer was run over by a hit-and-run suspect that he was attempting to stop.

A North Miami Beach Police, who was only described by officials as a 17-year veteran of the police department, was reportedly run over by an unidentified female suspect on June 10th and is in serious condition following the incident.

According to North Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Rand, the officer happened to have been responding to an unrelated call when he was flagged down by a driver in relation to an alleged hit-and-run.

Chief Rand stated that “as the officer was investigating, a suspect struck the officer” with her vehicle. While the officer was on the ground, officials say the female suspect attempted to flee the scene once again.

Two other officers had already responded to the scene by the time the suspect was attempting to flee the scene, according to officials. 

Responding officers had reportedly opened fire on the suspect while later deploying a police K9 unit to assist with the apprehension. 

According to reports, the shots fired at the suspect wound up breaking through the suspect’s rear window, but didn’t strike her.

Chief Rand stated that the gunfire was enough to get the woman to stop her vehicle, which then police K9 Duke was deployed and entered the suspect’s vehicle after his handler opened the door. 

K9 Duke was said to have grabbed ahold of the suspect, which caused injuries significant enough to require hospitalization. When Chief Rand commented on the use of force involving K9 Duke, he stated that “she kept trying to get away.”

Shortly after the incident, the North Miami Beach Police announced via Twitter that there was an officer-involved shooting and that a press conference would be held pertaining to the preliminary details:

“[North Miami Beach Police] Is currently on the scene of an officer involved shooting. Media staging area will be on the SW corner of NE 172st/ Biscayne Bd. PIO will be [en route]. No further info at this time.

“Biscayne north bound from NE 163 -172 Shut down. Miami Gardens/ Biscayne Blvd shut down southbound. No time frame when traffic will open up.”

The unidentified suspect was reportedly transferred to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center and is in critical condition. However, the unidentified officer’s status is far more serious. Chief Rand stated that the officer was “in serious condition,” but added that despite being in the ICU, he was in “good spirits.”

In an update provided by the North Miami Beach Police official Twitter account, the officer was said to be “doing better” as of the morning of June 12th:

“[North Miami Beach Police] is grateful to report that our officer is doing better today. He is surrounded by family and fellow officers, and is very thankful for all the well wishes and prayers. Thank you to [Aventura Police and Miami Dade Police] for your support. Chief R. Rand.”

While officials have not yet released the name of the suspect that is still hospitalized, it was confirmed that the female suspect will be charged with attempted murder of a police officer:

“[North Miami Beach Police] will be charging the female suspect in yesterday’s case with Attempted First Degree Murder of a Law Enforcement Officer. The injured officer is a 17 year veteran of the department. Please continue to keep the Officer in your prayers.”

This is an ongoing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight into this developing case.

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