WICHITA FALLS, Texas — If you received an alert on your phone late Monday night you’re not used to getting, there is a good explanation for that.
A sheriff’s deputy in North Texas was shot, prompting the issuance of a statewide Blue Alert.
According to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Brent Chitwood was shot while attempting to conduct a traffic stop.Clay Country Sheriff Jeffrey Lyde said Chitwood was shot in the chest area but was protected by a bulletproof vest. He is expected to be OK.
Chitwood returned fire, according to Lyde, but it’s unknown if the shooter was struck. Lyde said multiple police agencies are assisting in the search for the shooter.It’s believed the shooter was driving a white, four-door Cadillac bearing Texas license plate number FXJ1334. The back of the car will have bullet holes, Lyde said. The shooter is described as a white man in his mid-20 with a thin build.
Crime Stoppers of Wichita Falls is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the shooter. Sheriff Lyde announced he will match that reward, bringing the total to $10,000.
A Blue Alert is issued in Texas for wanted persons who are suspected of seriously injuring or killing a law enforcement officer.