Kermit Police Officer Injured During Shootout UPDATE 12:12 PM 1/24/13
CBS 7 News
January 25, 2012
Kermit, TX - Many neighbors in Kermit began their eyewitness accounts when they noticed police lights through their windows.
Police have not confirmed this, but witnesses say around 8:30 Thursday night, they saw a man who CBS 7 identified through family members as Chad Weaver arguing with a Kermit Police Officer. The officer pulled over Weaver who was driving a black Nissan.
An eyewitness says the officer already had his gun drawn before Weaver tried to tackle him. Neighbors say they wrestled over the gun before Weaver was shot by the officer.
Ruby Garcia says that is when she ran out of her house on Robinson St. to see what happened.
“The officer was on top of the guy and a lady in handcuffs was next to him,” Garcia said.
She says noticed an outraged woman with Weaver began to give the officer trouble.
“The lady was like why did you shoot him and she was going crazy,” Garcia said, "So I pulled her off."
Another neighbor says the officer's shoulder mic did not work and they took it upon themselves to call for back up from his car.
“I was worried because my daughter was out here and the officer was looking really distressed,” Garcia said, “He was freaking out.”
Garcia says she continued to guide the woman away from the scene until help came.
“I tried to defuse the situation,” she said, “I've been in the military and have never seen anything like this before.”
Neighbors on the scene say they helped the young officer clean a minor wound to his head, but overall there were no major injures to the officer.
Police say the woman is now in custody and Weaver was airlifted to a hospital.
The Texas Rangers are leading this investigation that is still ongoing. They have yet to release the name of the officer or the two suspects involved.
CBS 7 News
January 24, 2013
Family of the suspect tells CBS 7 his name is Chad Weaver.
UPDATE 10:55 PM**
Eyewitnesses tell CBS 7 that an argument led to a shooting between an officer and two people.
Witnesses say a man attacked an officer and tried to grab his gun. That’s when the officer fired one shot at the man. A woman then began to attack the officer. Neighbors in the area had to pull the woman off the officer. Witnesses say the officer suffered minor injuries. They also say the woman was taken into custody and the man was transported to the hospital.
Police have not confirmed any information or the identities of the suspects and officer.
UPDATE 9:35 PM**
CBS 7 crews on the scene say the area remains very active.
Winkler County Sheriff, George Keely, tells CBS 7 that all officers are ok, but the suspect is not.
Witnesses on the scene say it started as a traffic stop and that someone was shot.
Police are still not confirming anything.
A source confirms that a police officer has been injured during a shooting in Kermit.
It happened in the area of Robinson and W Halley, near the Winkler County Memorial Hospital.
The officer and the suspect are being treated for injuries at the hospital.
There is still an active crime scene.
Stay with CBS 7 and CBS7.com for the developing story.