Blue Alert issued after deputy shooting in North Texas

Blue Alert issued for a man accused of shooting at a Clay County deputy near Wichita Falls. Last seen driving white Cadillac.

The Blue Alert sent to Texans’ cell phones late Monday night after 11 p.m. is for a man accused of shooting a Clay County Sheriff’s Office deputy. The shooting happened near Wichita Falls.

Investigators are looking for a man with a thin build. He was last seen wearing a dark flat-billed cap and driving a white four-door Cadillac.

The sheriff’s office says a deputy attempted to pull the man over around 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Jolly Truck Stop. When the deputy walked up, they say he was shot and returned fire. According to Clay County Sheriff Jeffrey Lyde, the deputy was shot in his bullet-proof vest and is expected to be okay.

Lyde said the license plate number of the vehicle is FXJ-1334. Sheriff Lyde says the plates are stolen.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 award for any information leading to the arrest.

UPDATE: 8/17/21 at 2:15p – This Blue Alert has been discontinued. The vehicle was located but the unknown suspect remains at large.

What is a Blue Alert?

The Blue Alert program is used to alert the public about people who are accused of killing or seriously injuring police officers or other members of law enforcement, in an effort to apprehend the suspect as soon as possible, according to Texas DPS.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed an executive order in 2009 to start the program, which includes emergency messages sent to cell phones and other devices with relevant information about the suspect designed to facilitate tips and leads.

The criteria DPS uses to issue the alerts are:

  • A law enforcement officer must have been killed or seriously injured by an offender
  • The investigating law enforcement agency must determine that the offender poses a serious risk or threat to the public and other law enforcement personnel
  • A detailed description of the offender’s vehicle, vehicle tag, or partial tag must be available for broadcast to the public
  • The investigating law enforcement agency of jurisdiction must recommend activation of the Blue Alert to the Texas DPS

Texas DPS originally sent the alert regarding Wood at 10:18 p.m. to cell phones, the @TX_Alerts Twitter account and email. To subscribe to alert emails, go to the DPS’ site and sign up.

Emergency alerts can be toggled on and off in your cell phone settings.

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