Local Highway Patrol officer receives medal for stopping shooter in 2016

Courtesty photo Hope Hohertz stands with her Medal of Valor at the presentation ceremory in Austin.
Roger Cline
Staff Writer

A Big Spring Highway Patrol officer has been awarded the Texas Department of Public Safety's highest honor: the Medal of Valor.
The presentation occurred at a DPS ceremony in Austin two weeks ago.
On Dec. 26, 2016, DPS Corporal Hope Hohertz overheard a Big Spring Police dispatch report about a person with a gun at the AT&T Store on Gregg Street, and responded to help BSPD officers make a traffic stop on the suspect, later identified as Raul O. Reyes of Big Spring.
When the officers pulled Reyes over on Gregg Street, the man got out of his car brandishing a rifle and a handgun with a silencer. Reyes reportedly pointed the handgun at Hohertz, who responded by firing at the suspect.
"It's my understanding that several rounds were fired at the officers," Big Spring Police Lt. Brian Gordon told a Herald reporter the day following the incident. "He then got back into his car and pursuit initiated, ending over here ... where he got out of his vehicle again and fired another couple of rounds at officers, who returned fire,” wounding Reyes.

For the full article, please see Monday's paper.