07/19/2007

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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