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Deputy, suspect exchange shots after FM 485 chase

Cooks Cooks For the second time in less than a month a Milam County law officer and a suspect have exchanged gunfire.

No one was struck when Deputy Sheriff Chris White and a suspect, identified as 30-year-old Jejuan Shauntel Cooks of Hearne, traded four shots in a pasture in far northeastern Milam County on Saturday.

Cooks was charged with attempted capital murder and remains in the Milam County Jail. Bond was denied on the charge of attempted capital murder of a peace officer of fireman.

Bond was set at $302,500 on charges of prohibited substance in a correctional facility, evadi ng arrest or detention with vehicle, out-ofcounty assault with bodily injury of a family member and bond was forfeited on a previous charge of possession of a controlled substance (4 to 200 grams) with intent to deliver.

Rockdale incident

On Nov. 23, Rockdale Police Ofc. S. A. Smith and 22-yearold Erric Scott A nderson of Milano exchanged shots in front of Rockdale’s old Walmart in the aftermath of what police called an attempted break-in at National Pawn.

Anderson was wounded in the shoulder, forearm and hip. Upon being released from Scott & White Hospital, Temple, he was charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer and bond was set at $250,000.

Smith was not hit.

Speeder

White, who is an investigator for the sheriff’s department said he was on patrol northwest of Cameron when he observed a black Mercedes speeding on FM 485, west of US 77.

“I stopped the vehicle just east of US 77 and attempted to identify the driver,” White said.

But the driver refused to identify himself then sped away east down FM 485.

White rad ioed Rober t son County officials and that county’s sheriff’s department and DPS and Hearne police prepared to deploy spike strips at the Milam- Robertson county line.

Gunfire

The chase covered 18 miles.

“Approximately two miles from the county line the Mercedes stopped and the driver fled on foot into a pasture,” White said.

White said he caught up with to the suspect, attempted to take him into custody and the suspect “fired two shots from a 9-millimeter pistol and continued to run away.

“I then fired two shots at the suspect, causing him to fall down at which point he surrendered,” White said.

White was using his sheriff’s department .45 caliber pistol.

White said law enforcement officers from Milam County, Robertson County, the Department of Public Safety and the cities of Cameron and Hearne assisted in securing the vehicle and taking the suspect into custody.

Investigator Jay Beathard of the Milam County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the incident along with Deputies Mike Clore, Doug Veach and Josh Clouse.


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