Killeen, Texas (KWTX) – The Texas Rangers and Killeen Police Department are investigating an officer-involved shooting involving an armed carjacking suspect who stole two vehicles, including a police patrol unit.
At 2:37 p.m. Sunday, officers were dispatched to a carjacking call after a suspect robbed a white car at gunpoint in the 3300 block of Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Killeen Police Chief Charles Kimble said at a news conference.
At 2:45 p.m., police received a call about an armed suspect in an AutoZone not far from the scene of the carjacking. People inside the store reported seeing an armed man outside a white car acting erratically, Kimble said.
Officers in the area searching for the suspect soon arrived at AutoZone, and the armed suspect fled in the area of 10th Street in North Killeen.
Kimble said the suspect jumped into the bed of a pickup and when the occupants decided to exit the vehicle and run to safety, they became suspicious and decided to abandon the pickup.
Police continued to chase the gunman, then came across an unlocked police patrol unit with the engine running, Kimble said, and locked himself inside the unit.
Kimble said the unlocked patrol unit belonged to an officer on foot.
The suspect attempted to escape from the authorities in the police unit, but two police officers fired their weapons to stop him.
Officers took the suspect into custody, treated him at the scene and transported him to the hospital in stable condition.
“On the surface, it looks like we’re dealing with someone dealing with mental health issues,” the police chief said.
The Texas Rangers are currently investigating the incident.
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