As unlikely as it would might sound, a Weatherford cop was shot by his colleague when he was trying to subdue and apprehend a suspect. This peculiar event took place on Thursday, in Weatherford, Texas.
It might seem like the plot of cheap comedy movies, but, unfortunately, they really took place. According to the city’s police department, the events that led to the Weatherford cop being shot by one of his colleagues started in the parking lot of a restaurant located on the Tin Top Road called Tequila Bar & Grill.
At around 9:15 pm, Officer Chris Bampas, a rookie officer, pulled over a car with three passengers. The officer said that the driver exhibited suspicious behavior in traffic, which made him stop the car.
Upon exiting his vehicle, Officer Bampas saw that the car was occupied by an individual who had active warrants. Bambas went to the suspect to confront him, but not before calling for backup. As Bampas went toward the suspect in order to confront him, a second police car arrived to assist the police officer.
During their conversation, the man became increasingly aggressive, and Bampas decided to arrest him. Seeing that he was about to be arrested, the man fought Bampas. To defend himself, the rookie police officer used a Taser to subdue the man.
At one point during their struggle, the suspect used a metal flashlight to hit Bampas over the head. At that point, Bampas’s colleagues saw that the man could not be subdued, drew out their guns and fired at the man.
One of the police officers who fired at the suspect accidently shot Bampas in the stomach before gunning down the man. The officers immediately called an ambulance which took Bampas and the suspect to the hospital for emergency surgery.
Lucky for him, the wound was not that severe, and the surgeon was able to extract the bullet. At the moment, the Weatherford cop is recovering in the hospital, and the doctors said that his condition is stable.
In addition, the surgeons managed to stabilize the suspect gunned down by the same cop who shot Bampas. However, Weatherford’s PD ordered the suspect to be placed under constant guard and refused to disclose any information regarding his identity or his condition.
The investigation was taken over by the Texas Rangers, and the cop who accidently shot Bampas has been placed on administrative leave.
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