05/11/2012

Texas trooper shoots at own cruiser

Man flags vehicle down, tries to steal it

By Greg Kendall-Ball
Abilene Reporter-News

CISCO, Texas — A Department of Public Safety trooper was forced to open fire on his own vehicle Thursday when a man tried to steal the cruiser in Eastland County.

Chris Eugene Durham, 40, flagged down the trooper on Interstate 20 just east of Cisco just before 11 a.m. Thursday. Durham allegedly told the trooper his wife was having a heart attack, so the trooper stopped to render aid and radioed for additional help. An ambulance arrived on the scene, along with an officer from the Cisco Police Department and an Eastland County sheriff's deputy, DPS spokesman Trooper Sparky Dean said.

Dean said it was determined that the woman was not, in fact, having a heart attack.

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