By Cindy Horswell and Kevin Moran
Feb. 15--The Texas Rangers are investigating a shooting by a state trooper who got into a wrestling match for his weapon after a traffic stop Wednesday in Harris County.
Trooper Charles Kibble, 43, a 13-year veteran with the department, fired two shots from his revolver. One shot hit the chest of a Louisiana man who had earlier tried to take the trooper's gun, authorities said.
Dustin Shane Mosley, 23, of Roanoke, La., was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston. "His injuries are serious but not life-threatening," said Tom Vinger, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman.
Mosley was undergoing evaluation in the intensive care unit late Wednesday.
Kibble was treated at the scene for some scrapes and bruises.
Going to New Orleans
According to investigators, another trooper had pulled over Mosley's rental car with Louisiana plates at 1:45 a.m. on Interstate 10 east at Sjolander. Mosley had been returning to New Orleans from Houston.
"The trooper who made the initial stop (for speeding) smelled marijuana and got permission from Mosley to search. Trooper Kibble soon drove up to assist him," said Vinger.
Kibble was escorting Mosley back to his squad car to wait for the search to be completed, when instead of climbing into the back seat, Mosley bolted toward trees in an adjacent field, authorities said.
"Kibble gave chase, but he became entangled in some barbed wire," said Vinger.
"While Kibble was knocked on his back, the suspect attacked him and tried to get his weapon. Kibble pushed him off once, but the suspect came back again."
At that point, Kibble pulled his service revolver and fired twice, authorities said.
11 pounds of marijuana
The trooper who made the initial traffic stop was conducting a search at the time of the shooting. Eleven pounds of marijuana and an ounce of hydro marijuana (grown indoors with hydroponics) were recovered from Mosley's rental car, Vinger said.
Mosley has a previous conviction in Louisiana for cocaine possession. For this, he was placed on mandatory supervised probation for three years until February 2005, records show.
When the Rangers complete the investigation, it will be turned over to the Harris County district attorney's office to review.
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Tex. trooper wounds man who tried to take his gun