WFPD: Escaped state hospital patient shot once, injuries detailed

16 May

A man who reportedly stole a Wichita Falls police vehicle Wednesday afternoon after escaping the North Texas State Hospital that morning is currently under guard at a local hospital.

The 29-year-old white male, who was an emergency commitment to the state hospital, was shot one time in the lower torso, Sgt. Harold McClure of the WFPD said Thursday.

The man was out of surgery and recovering at United Regional Health Care System, but McClure said he didn’t have an update on his condition as of 10 a.m. Thursday.

McClure said police aren’t confirming the man’s name since he has not been charged with anything formally yet. He said charges of aggravated assault on a peace officer and theft of a vehicle are pending though.

Per WFPD policy, the officer involved in the shooting will not interviewed until after 48 to 72 hours, McClure said. The officer has also been placed on paid administrative leave, per policy.

Because the officer had not been interviewed yet, McClure said few details of how the vehicle was stolen or about the shooting were available at this time.

The Office of Professional Conduct will be conducting an internal investigation separate from the criminal investigation.

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