Cove shooting

Texas Rangers are investigating a officer-involved shooting that happened on the 1500 block of Robertson Avenue over the weekend.

COPPERAS COVE — Residents of an otherwise quiet Copperas Cove neighborhood reacted to a shooting that occurred over the weekend.

The shooting, which took place around 12:45 p.m. Sunday in the 1500 block of Robertson Avenue, involved Copperas Cove resident Lacresha Murray and an off-duty Copperas Cove police officer, according to news reports and a news release from the Copperas Cove Police Department.

One resident, who didn’t want to be identified, said she heard five loud bangs. When she looked outside, she said she saw a man point a gun inside a truck with the door open.

“He kept yelling ‘stop reaching,’” the resident said.

She said others came out of their homes, and were telling the officer to put his gun away. That is when she said, the officer began showing everyone his badge.

Murray told TV outlets (KXXV and KWTX) that she was driving on Robertson Avenue near her home and began to feel ill.

Murray said she did a sudden U-turn to go to Advent Health Hospital in Killeen. Murray said that’s when the driver of a Silver Truck pulled in front of her and slowed down. She told KXXV that she pulled around the truck, and he began tailgating her.

Murray said she then got out of the car and approached the truck, when the driver inside began shooting at her. She ducked and ran back to her car, according to her account.

Murray suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds and was taken to Baylor Scott and White Hospital in Temple, where she was treated and released.

The Copperas Cove Police Department has directed all questions to the Texas Rangers. The Department of Public Safety said the incident is still under investigation and no further information will be provided.

The officer has been placed on administrative leave, according to Lt. Kevin Miller, a spokesperson for the Copperas Cove Police Department. He did not specify if it was paid or unpaid leave.

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(2) comments

Eckman

"Murray said she did a sudden U-turn to go to Advent Health Hospital in Killeen. Murray said that’s when the driver of a Silver Truck pulled in front of her and slowed down. She told KXXV that she pulled around the truck, and he began tailgating her.

Murray said she then got out of the car and approached the truck, when the driver inside began shooting at her. She ducked and ran back to her car, according to her account."

First off she didn't need to do a u-turn. There were two routes she could have taken that would have taken her back to 190 business or connecting up with Old Copperas Cove Road. So she passed someone in town and effected a traffic stop, ok, pretty stupid. Then she effectively ambushed an off duty cop while reaching for something, could have been a gun or more likely a phone. So she was the aggressor here. She's lucky she wasn't killed. Why did she stop in front of the cop in the first place, why not keep going? Seems like she felt like she was needing medical attention. Honestly if someone did that to me, I would feel threatened too. Someone pulls in front of me and forces me to stop, then gets out of their vehicle and approaches mine while reaching for something. Im sorry but the lady made a bunch of bad choices and I'm with the officer on this one. She acted in a hostile manner.

Hacksaw

Had there not been a police officer involved the headline of this story would have been

"Road Rage Incident Results In Shooting!" and the shooter would have been taken away in handcuffs pending "further investigation".

There's more than one set of laws. One for the good ole boys and one for the rest of us! If you're not part of the club you're guilty until proven innocent.

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