02/27/2012

20-minute shooting spree targeted Texas police

11 officers from five agencies evaded injury in the hail of bullets

By Mike Baird
Corpus Christi Caller-Times

TAFT, Texas — For about 20 minutes early Saturday, 11 officers from five agencies were shot at when a Taft apartment resident went on a shooting spree, targeting police with a shotgun.

No one was hurt, and authorities shot back three times, when the bird spray came close to hitting police, Taft Police Chief John Landreth said. "Everyone was able to keep their wits about them and not open fire blindly into that apartment because we didn't know who was in there, even though they were getting shot at from every direction. That's great restraint," Landreth said. "How none of our guys got hurt ... it's just amazing. Sometimes we get lucky."

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