DETAILS: Officer involved shooting in Knox County

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KNOX COUNTY, Texas — On Thursday around 8:30 a.m., DPS troopers responded along Highway 82 to the Knox-King county line for reports of somebody shooting at cars, according Department of Public Safety Sergeant Johnny Bures.

Through a vehicle description DPS troopers were given, the trooper along with a Knox County sheriff’s deputy, was able to locate the suspect, Sgt. Bures said.

DPS said the suspect then got out of the vehicle, and pointed a gun at the trooper and the deputy.  That’s when the suspect was shot, according to Bures.

Suspect was airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock.  His condition was unknown at the time of this report.  DPS said officers were working on finding the identity of the suspect. 

Neither the trooper nor the deputy were injured.

The following is an update from the Department of Public Safety:

Sgt. Bures said the suspect vehicle was stolen and occupied by Chase Rountree, 33, and Mychele Mendez, 30.

As the vehicle stopped, Rountree exited the vehicle with a firearm. He then refused the commands of law enforcement and pointed weapon at officers at which time he was shot by both the Trooper and Knox County Sheriff, according to Bures.

Rountree was flown the Lubbock UMC with serious injuries. Mendez was not injured and is currently in a county jail.

Charges are pending and will need to be confirmed through court records or DA. Rountree will face aggravated assault charges on peace officer and Mendez will face charges regarding vehicle theft. Other charges may be pending.

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