Law enforcement activated a statewide notification system after a suspect shot a sheriff’s deputy Monday night within the Wichita Falls area. People across the state of Texas are now asking, “what may be a Blue Alert, and why did I just get one on my phone?” Blue Alerts are active within the state of Texas since Governor Rick Perry signed an executive order in 2008 to hurry up the apprehension of criminals who seriously injure or kill enforcement officers.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is actively checking out the suspect accused of shooting a Clay County Sheriff’s Deputy after a traffic stop near the town of Jolly, east of Wichita Falls. The unidentified white male was last seen around 7 p.m. on U.S. Highway 287. DPS described the suspect as having a skinny build and was wearing dark clothing and a flat-billed cap. He was driving a white, four-door Cadillac sedan with dark window tint. “Vehicle is believed to possess damage, including a possible broken or damaged car window and possible bullet holes,” a news release stated. The car place, FXJ1334, wasn’t registered to the vehicle, consistent with DPS. Clay County Sheriff Jeff Lyde said the deputy was hit in his vest and is predicted to be okay, KAUZ-TV reported. Wichita Falls Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,500 reward for information resulting in an arrest.