(BURLESON, Texas) — A manhunt is on in Texas for a man suspected of shooting a police officer during an “ambush” at a traffic stop overnight, authorities said.
Jerry Don Elders allegedly fired multiple shots at a Burleson police officer when he approached Edlers’ car for an equipment violation at about 4:15 a.m. Wednesday, Burleson Police Chief Billy Cordell told reporters.
The officer is “alert” and in stable condition, Cordell said, adding that his injuries do not appear to be life threatening. It appeared one shot hit his bulletproof vest, the chief said.
After the shooting, Elders and the woman who was in the car with him fled the scene, Cordell said.
The suspects’ car then caught on fire and they abandoned the vehicle, he said.
Authorities believe one of the suspects went to a home and carjacked a resident, police said.
“At 8:44 a.m. this morning, a female arrived at the Joshua Police Department … with gunshot wounds,” Cordell continued.
She was taken to a hospital and was pronounced dead, he said.
Elders, 39, who is considered armed and dangerous, is wanted on the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer, police said.
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