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Shots fired following chase of tractor theft suspects through Commerce

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Three people were being held in Commerce and Hunt County following the theft of a tractor in Hopkins County early Friday morning.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Investigator Lewis Tatum, Lt. Henry Turner, Investigator Charles Humphries and Chief Investigator Toney Hurley were watching a vehicle with stolen property at a Commerce convenience store. They contacted Commerce officers to let them know they that they would be making contact with the suspects to attempt to recover the property.

During the initial contact, the suspects fled from the deputies. During the pursuit, the suspect rammed Tatum's sheriff’s vehicle in the 2000 block of Live Oak Street, knocking Tatum’s vehicle into the side of a building.

“We tried to stop him at a store over there,” said Tatum. “He did not want to be stopped and he rammed me in the passenger's side and pushed me into a building, just pushed me all the way down the side of that building.”

A chain link fence at another business in the 1500 block of West Neal was damaged by the suspect’s vehicle.

The chase continued through neighborhood streets and to a dead-end area around Bonham and Bois D’Arc streets. Several shots were fired at that location and damage was caused to the yard of a home in the 1100 block of Bois D’Arc Street.

Two passengers, a white female and a white male fled from the vehicle. The female was detained by a Commerce resident at gunpoint in a back yard in that area, and a search for the white male began immediately, Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews said Friday afternoon.

The man who fled was picked up by another male in a vehicle in the downtown square area. The suspect was arrested a few minutes later during a traffic stop in the parking lot of the animal shelter on O’Neal Street.

Crews said the suspect is being held in Hunt County Jail on a parole violation warrant. The driver of the vehicle was arrested on traffic violations and booked in at Commerce Police Department.

Hopkins County Sheriff's Office, Commerce Police Department and Texas Rangers are conducting the investigation into the incident.




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