Rancher captures shooting suspect in Limestone County, ties him up until deputies arrived

John "Johnny" Bradford, 65
John "Johnny" Bradford, 65(Booking photo obtained by Rissa Shaw for KWTX. Do not use without permission.)
Published: Oct. 2, 2022 at 10:03 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 2, 2022 at 10:09 PM CDT
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LIMESTONE COUNTY (KWTX) - John “Johnny” Bradford, 65, the suspect in a shooting in Limestone County, is behind bars after he was captured by a rancher during a manhunt overnight, Limestone County Sheriff Murray Agnew confirmed to KWTX.

Bradford is currently jailed without bond on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a single count of unlawful possession of firearm by a felon, and a single count of abandoning or endangering a child, Agnew said.

The sheriff said a rancher came up on the suspect at a deer camp and tied Bradford up until deputies arrived.

The Hill County Sheriff’s Office and Limestone County Sheriff’s Office late Sunday night alerted Central Texans about the search for Bradford, who was on the run, at the time, following a shooting that wounded two people earlier in the evening.

Agnew said the shooting happened on a ranch in Limestone County, a mile from the Hill County line in between Coolidge and Prairie Hill. According to the sheriff, it appears the three people involved knew each other.

Hill County Sheriff Rodney Watson, whose office was also part of the manhunt, said authorities were “working to determine exactly where the shooting took place as the property borders both Limestone and Hill counties.”

The shooting victims, a man and a woman, are expected to be okay. According to Sheriff Watson, one was transported by ground, and one by air, to a Waco area hospital.

LCSO officials say, during the course of the investigation, they learned the female victim had a small child in her vehicle, and when she was leaving after being shot, the suspect shot at the vehicle with the child inside.

The child was not injured.

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