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Posted: Monday, October 11, 2004 12:00 pm | Updated: 3:14 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Jimmie Ferguson

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE An arrest warrant Friday was issued on a 34-year-old Copperas Cove man for his alleged involvement in a high-speed pursuit that caused the pursuing officer to discharge his weapon, said a police spokesman.

Gary V. Straley was being sought by Copperas Cove police on charges of aggravated assault on a public servant and evading arrest in a motor vehicle, said police Lt. Daniel Austin, noting the arrest warrant for Straley was issued by Lampasas County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Walter L. Prugh.

The incident began at about 9:30 a.m. Friday, when police officer Robert Terry attempted to stop a 1995 black Chevrolet pickup for a speeding violation in the 1000 block of West U.S. Highway 190, Austin said.

The suspect vehicle failed to stop and began traveling west on U.S. Highway 190 at a high rate of speed, said Austin. A pursuit was initiated and continued west on Highway 190.

When the suspect vehicle attempted to make a right turn from Highway 190 onto Big Divide Road, Austin said the driver apparently lost control of the truck and struck a utility pole.

"Officer Terry stopped his vehicle near the site of the collision and exited his patrol unit," Austin said.

However, the operator of the black truck put the vehicle in reverse and backed up at a high rate of speed toward the officer, who responded by firing one round at the vehicle, Austin said.

The suspect then fled the scene north on Big Divide Road, and the officer continued to pursue the vehicle on Big Divide, the lieutenant said.

"Officer Terry lost sight of the vehicle, at which point the pursuit was terminated," Austin said.

The suspect vehicle was later found abandoned on Big Divide Road. A search of the area was initiated by Copperas Cove police with the assistance of the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol and Air Wing, the Coryell County Sheriff's Office, the Lampasas County Sheriff's Office and the Kempner Police Department, Austin said.

Terry was not injured during the incident, Austin said.

Contact Jimmie Ferguson at jferguson@kdhnews.com

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