Tex. deputy wounded in gunbattle


Civillian on "ride along" program radioed for help and fired shotgun at fleeing suspect.

By Cindy Horswell and Kevin Mora
The Houston Chronicle

SAN JACINTO, Tex. — After an early morning gunbattle that left a suspect dead, a San Jacinto County deputy wounded and a "ride along" companion distraught, two mysteries remain: what provoked the confrontation and who fired the fatal shot.

Residents in the Trails End subdivision about 50 miles north of Houston, awakened by barking dogs about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, watched in helpless terror as a deputy was run over and dragged 60 feet by a suspect he had stopped for driving without headlights.

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