Our law enforcement officers have a dangerous job. That is especially true when they have to confront poachers, because they will almost certainly be armed. A Sheriffs Deputy in Parker County Texas found that out the hard way this past week.
According to NBC Dallas/Fort Worth, a Parker County property owner called the sheriff’s department and reported someone had set up an illegal deer blind on their property. As a deputy began to approach the deer blind someone inside opened fire.
According to Police, video from the deputy’s body camera showed two shots were fired from someone hiding inside the deer blind, with a bullet striking the approaching deputy in the foot. The area was too dark for the camera to pick up an identifying image of the gunman.
The poacher took off on foot and is still being sought by police. Investigators are offering $10,000 for information on the perpetrator.
The deputy, who has not yet been identified, was taken to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth with a broken foot. Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said in a statement that the deputy was discharged from the hospital and is expected to fully recover.
“We would also like to thank so many local organizations, law enforcement agencies and citizens who have reached out to our department on behalf of our deputy with hospitality offerings and prayers,” said Fowler.
Hopefully they catch this guy sooner rather then later and he is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The original story kept referring to this guy as an illegal hunter. He is not one of us. Hunters respect the law and law enforcement officers. He is a poacher and a criminal.