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GAME WARDEN FIRES SHOT AT SUSPECT IN PORTER

Just after 9 p.m. Saturday a Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden and an intern riding with him encountered two ATV’s on Sorters Road near Ravenswood. When he attempted to stop them one, which had 3 occupants pulled over. The intern stayed with the first vehicle. The second side-by-side ATV fled to a road leading into the sand pits along the San Jacinto River. The driver of that ATV lost the Game Warden. He then reacquired the driver and passengers being a sand processing plant. The Game Warden ordered the driver off the ATV, but the driver refused. Montgomery County Detective Paul Haas said somehow the Game Warden became attached to the ATV. It is not known if the driver hung onto him or something caught part of the ATV. The Game Warden was dragged 15-20 yards through the sand. During that time, he was able to discharge his duty weapon at least once. It was seconds later he was freed from the ATV. An assist the officer was issued. Units from Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Precinct 4 Constables Office responded. The Game Warden suffered road rash. Other Game Wardens from other counties converged on Porter with their ATV’s. The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office Shoot Team responded as did the Texas Rangers and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. A Search was initiated of the massive sand pit for the suspect. It was unknown if he was hit when the officer fired his weapon. He was identified, and his home was checked, but he had not returned home either. A helicopter was dispatched from Austin to assist in the search. Montgomery County Precinct 4 responded with several ATV’s also. The search continued all night. Just after 5 am the white side-by-side ATV was located in the woods off Hill Road on the northern part of the sand pit. The driver was located and arrested. He had not been hit when the officer discharged his weapon. HE is now being transported to the Montgomery County Jail on charges of aggravated assault on a police officer. His name has not yet been released.

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