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DISCONTINUED: Blue Alert issued after deputy-involved shooting in North Texas

KEYE Austin logo KEYE Austin 8/17/2021 Stephanie Becerra
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UPDATE: At 12:47 the Texas Department of safety said that the alert for the male suspect was being discontinued.

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ORIGINAL STORY:

A Blue Alert issued to all Texans' cell phones late Monday night is for a male suspect accused of shooting a Clay County Sheriff's Office deputy. A Blue Alert is typically issued for people who have either killed or seriously injured a law enforcement officer.

According to officials, the shooting happened near Wichita Falls.

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Detectives are looking for a white man with a thin build. He was last seen wearing dark clothing and a dark flat-billed cap, driving a white four-door Cadillac. The Sheriff's office said the TX license plate number is FXJ1334, but does not return as registered with the vehicle.

The car is believed to be damaged, possibly with a broken rear window and riddled with bullet holes.

The sheriff's office said the suspect was last seen driving northbound on U.S. Hwy 287 in Jolly, Texas.

According to detectives, Deputy Breanton Chitwood attempted to pull over a man around 7:30 p.m. Monday night at the Jolly Truck Stop. When Chitwood walked up, he was shot and returned fire. According to Clay County's Sheriff Jeffrey Lyde, Chitwood was hit in his bulletproof vest and is expected to be okay.

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If you recognize the vehicle or suspect, call 911 or CCSO at 940-538-5611.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,500 reward for any information leading to an arrest.

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