COLORADO CITY — Three men were arrested here shortly after midnight, following a bizarre altercation with a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper on Interstate Highway 20 near the Mitchell County and Howard County line.
According to Abilene DPS Senior Trooper Sparky Dean, the altercation between the three men and a DPS trooper began at approximately 6:20 a.m. Monday when the vehicle they were in was pulled over for speeding.
“A trooper was working stationary radar on Interstate Highway 20 in Mitchell County,” Dean said in a press release. “The trooper checked an Oklahoma-registered vehicle at 109 mph and stopped the vehicle for speeding. As the trooper approached, he observed three men inside the vehicle.
“The driver exited the vehicle and fired three shots at the trooper. The driver re-entered the vehicle and fled eastbound at speeds exceeding 100 mph. Shots were fired several times at the trooper during the pursuit. The trooper lost sight of the vehicle near the community of Loraine in eastern Mitchell County.”
The vehicle was later found by law enforcement officials on Farm Road 1230 near mile marker 230 of Interstate Highway 20. Officials continued the manhunt until approximately noon, using tracking dogs, horses and a helicopter, but were unable to located the individuals. However, the bizarre story doesn't end there.
“Just after 2 p.m., alert citizens called law enforcement when three males arrived at a house in southeast Colorado City,” Dean said. “Law enforcement officials went to investigate the tip and found the three to be hiding and barricaded in the house. A perimeter was set up and nearby houses were evacuated as a safety precaution.
Dean said several roadways near the house were also shut down as a result of the standoff.
According to reports, SWAT teams from the Texas Rangers and DPS, Colorado City police and deputies from Mitchell and Nolan counties responded to the scene.
“Just after midnight, officials made entry into the house and found the three hiding. They were arrested without incident and transported to the Mitchell County Jail.”
According to Dean, the identities of the three have not been released. He did confirm the trooper who was shot at during the traffic stop was not injured.