Central Texas constable shot during chase reported to be doing well after surgery
(KWTX) – Hill County Pct. 4 Constable Kevin Cordell, who was shot as two fugitives led officers on a high-speed chase on Interstate 35, was reported to be doing well Friday after undergoing surgery at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
Cordell was posting updates on his own Facebook page, the latest of which indicated he could soon go home.
One bullet went through the windshield of the vehicle, struck the constable in the head, and exited through his neck, the newspaper reported.
The Burleson Police Department, from which Cordell is retired, asked for prayers for the injured constable in a Facebook post.
The two suspects, who were wanted in Dallas for aggravated assaults and were also suspects in a homicide investigation, drove into Waxahachie at around 2 p.m. Thursday in a red Dodge Neon, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
A Waxahachie officer tried to stop the car, but the driver sped off, leading officers from multiple agencies on a chase north on Interstate 35 W, and firing at them repeatedly.
When the driver of the Neon made a U-turn to head south on the interstate, a DPS trooper was able to use a PIT maneuver to stop the car near County Road 604 close to Alvarado, the DPS said.
The two suspects fired again at officers, who returned fire, injuring both, one critically.
The two suspects were taken to a hospital.
The social media site DFW Scanner reported Friday that one of the two 19-year-old suspects later died, but there was no immediate official confirmation of the death.
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