A Denton police officer who was shot Tuesday continues to recover, and the two suspects officials say were involved are in the Denton County jail.
Police say after the shooting the two suspects fled to Carrollton.
According to a press release from the Denton Police Department, police pulled over a vehicle around 12:02 a.m. Tuesday in the 1800 block of West University Drive for a vehicle equipment violation.
Police said gunfire was exchanged, and one of the officers, later identified as Urbano Rodriguez Jr., received gunshot wounds to the head and the femur. Rodriguez, a five-year veteran of the police department, was taken to a local hospital and had a second surgery Wednesday to repair his leg. He was listed as critical but stable condition.
Another officer on the scene, Randy Cole, returned fire and struck both suspects, according to a press release. Cole has been with the department for less than a year.
The suspects, identified as Michele Stacey, 44, and Antwon Pinkston, 35, fled but were later located by Carrollton police on Sandy Lake Road. A slow pursuit followed as the suspects led police down President George Bush Turnpike before finally stopping at the RaceTrac at Valley View Lane and Luna Road.
Police said both Stacey and Pinkston sustained gunshot wounds to their arms. After they were medically cleared they were taken to Denton County Jail.
Pinkston has been charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer. Stacey is being held on a parole violation.
“The Denton Police Department would like to thank our fellow law enforcement agencies for their outpouring of support during this time, as well as all organizations and individuals who have offered their assistance,” the police stated in a release. “We would also like to thank the Medical City Denton staff who is taking excellent care of our wounded officer.”
Police said the Texas Rangers are leading the investigation with the assistance of the Major Crimes Unit of the Denton Police Department.
The 100 Club of Denton will be coordinating all donations. For details go to denton100club.com.