Troopers Cleared In Deadly Highway 287 Shooting

WILBARGER COUNTY (KAUZ) - A Wilbarger County Grand Jury found no fault with two Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers that shot and killed Anthony Lamar Carter as he was in the act of stabbing his girlfriend, Kaylea Butts, outside of Vernon on April 26, 2018.

According to 46th Judicial District Attorney Staley Heatly, the troopers' actions saved the life of Kaylea Butts. "Without a doubt these troopers saved Kaylea's life," stated District Attorney Staley Heatly. "If they had arrived at the scene even a few seconds later, she wouldn't have made it out alive." "This was a domestic violence case, plain and simple," stated Heatly. "Kaylea was trying to leave the relationship with Carter and he did not want to let her go. Statistics show that women in abusive relationships are in the most danger when they are trying to leave their abuser. That is exactly what happened in this case."

On April 26th at around 7:25am, law enforcement in Norman, Oklahoma, received a report of a possible kidnapping involving 22-year-old Carter and his 20-year-old girlfriend, Kaylea Butts. The reporting person gave a description of Carter and the vehicle that he was driving. Around 8:30am, police in Burkburnett, Texas, were notified that the victim and Carter were possibly traveling to Texas. A short time later, a Burkburnett police officer spotted the suspect vehicle, a red Dodge Charger, being driven through the city.

Carter refused to stop for police and eventually turned on to US Highway 287 North. Multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the pursuit that reached speeds in excess of 150 miles per hour. DPS Trooper Curtis West successfully deployed spikes east of Vernon on U.S. Highway 287 disabling Carter's vehicle which came to a stop on the shoulder.

As the car came to a rest, the victim jumped out and started running towards police. Carter tackled her and began stabbing her repeatedly with a steak knife as the DPS troopers arrived on the scene. The troopers got out of their cars and engaged Carter, shooting him several times while he was in the act of stabbing the victim.