Second Officer Involved Shooting This Year

Second Officer Involved Shooting This Year

Wichita Falls Police said a Falls police officer is on administrative leave following an officer involved shooting Thursday night. 

Sergeant John Spragins held a press conference Friday morning and said officers responded to a disturbance call at 10:25p.m. at the 5500 block of Professional Drive, High Point Village Apartments.

Two Wichita Falls police officers were waiting in the door way of an apartment when a woman opened the door.  She was accompanied by an armed man.

"A male occupant displayed a firearm and started to point that firearm at the officer," said Sgt. Spragins, Public Information Officer for the Wichita Falls Police Department.

Chad Nelson was one of the officers on scene.  He has worked with the W.F.P.D  for 10 years.  Officer Nelson immediately moved the woman out of the way to protect her and fired a shot into the man's torso.  The suspect was transported to United Regional Healthcare where he went into surgery.

"When he is released from the hospital he will be arrested and charged with attempted capitol murder," said Sgt. Spragins.

The suspect will face two counts because there were two officers on the scene.  Police are not releasing the name of the suspect or the type of firearm he was carrying.

"We don't want to release those types of things because we don't want to taint this thing at all," said Sgt. Spragins.

We spoke with Jennifer Shults, a resident who heard the commotion.

"Well really we were all just sitting around in the living room and we heard the gun fire but we all thought it was fireworks because they've been popping them off a lot lately," said Shults, "And next thing I know I look out the window and there's cops and ambulances and news crews and people flocking past the window."

The Office of Professional Conduct, the Crimes Against Persons Unit and the District Attorney's Office were all called out to the scene.  This shooting is still under investigation.

This is the second officer involved shooting for the Wichita Falls Police Department this year.  The first happened on May 14th on Gloria Lane.  Joshua Powell. 22, was killed in that shooting incident.

Officer Stephen Ginger was placed on administrative leave, but has since been taken off and is back on the job.

Brody Carter, Newschannel 6