Central Texas officer, shot during bank robbery, released from hospital

FBI agents arriving at the bank. (Photo by Ke'Sha Lopez)
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HEWITT, Tex. (KBTX)- A Hewitt police officer was shot Tuesday morning as he responded to a bank robbery that led to a chase that ended near University High School in Waco.

The robber opened fire as the officer arrived at Pointwest Bank at 420 North Hewitt Dr. in Hewitt, Hewitt police Chief Jim Devlin said.

The officer, whose name wasn't immediately released, was struck in the upper part of the arm.

The officer was near the bank when the robbery was reported, he said.

The officer returned fire, he said.

Preliminary reports indicated the robber was armed with a shotgun.

The officer was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco where he was treated and then later released.

Devlin said the suspected gunman left the scene of the bank and traveled down Hewitt Drive where he stopped the truck and opened fire again.

That's when the officer was struck.

The chase ended in a crash near Garden Drive and Wingate Drive, northeast of the high school, where the robber's truck struck the fence of a corner house.

The robber ran after the crash, but was captured.

Midway ISD schools near the bank were locked down because of the incident.

University High School and Alta Vista Elementary were also placed on soft lockdown.

Further details weren't immediately available.

Officers were searching an area near the scene of the crash on both sides of Highway 77 roughly bounded by Cloverleaf Drive and Darden Drive, evidently for the weapon used in the holdup.

The bank was ringed with crime scene tape.

More than a year has passed since the last time an officer was shot in Central Texas.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Damon Allen, 41, was shot to death on Nov. 23, 2017, after a traffic stop on Interstate 45 near Fairfield.

Dabrett Black, 33, of Lindale was later arrested near Prairie View.

(Photo by Christy Soto)