Grand Prairie officer shoots suspect who crashed into officer’s motorcycle
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – It was a tight call for a Grand Prairie motorcycle officer and the driver who police said attempted to run over the officer.
The officer got off his bike before the suspect hit him. Police are trying to determine whether the suspect’s injuries were from bullet fragments from the gunshot the officer fired at the suspect or from glass from the windshield.
The officer is fine and the driver suffered non-life threatening injuries after a short police chase ended in a cul-de-sac in Grand Prairie.
The driver ended up in hospital and in custody after police said he tried to run over a motorcycle cop who tried to stop him for speeding.
Grand Prairie officer Mark Beseda said it started around 3 p.m. Wednesday when the motorcycle officer attempted to stop traffic on Corn Valley Road.
“But instead of stopping, the driver kept driving,” he said.
Police said the man driving the four-door Nissan with a disabled sign in the rearview mirror was Jose Vega, 25.
They say that during the chase, Vega turned onto Springdale Lane and then onto Springdale Court which is a dead end. An additional police SUV ordered Vega to pull over, but police said Vega had turned back.
“Instead, the suspect accelerated and walked directly towards the motorcycle officer,” Beseda said.
Beseda says the officer jumped off his motorcycle just before Vega hit it and, fearing for his life, fired a single bullet through the Nissan windshield. The motorcycle ended up partially under the car.
“The suspect was injured. He suffered non-life threatening injuries,” he said. “And we’re still trying to determine if it was hit by a bullet or if it was hit by fragments of the windshield.”
It’s unclear why Vega didn’t stop, but police said during the chase they saw him throwing some sort of contraband out of the car window.
The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office Shooting Team is conducting an independent investigation while the Grand Prairie PD Professional Standards Office will conduct an administrative investigation.
The agent is on paid administrative leave, which is common.
Once Vega is released from the hospital, he will be taken to jail and will likely face aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.