Police Investigate Shooting Incident That Sent Groesbeck Officer To Hospital

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MEXIA (June 9, 2010)-A Groesbeck police officer remains in serious condition Wednesday after suffering a head wound Monday evening that evidently was the result of gunfire.

Mexia Police Chief Richard Hawthorne confirmed Wednesday that the Mexia Police Department was investigating the incident as a shooting.

Groesbeck Police Sgt. Tim Brewer went to work Tuesday complaining of a headache after watching a softball game Monday night in Mexia, Hawthorne said, and colleagues saw that Brewer had two puncture wounds to the back of his head.

Brewer was taken to Limestone Medical Center in Groesbeck and was later transferred by helicopter to Scott and White Medical Center in Temple.

Hawthorne said Wednesday that the timeline of events was still unclear because Brewer, who remained in a semi-sedated state, was unable to answer many questions in the investigation.

A hospital spokesman said early Wednesday Brewer remained in serious condition after he was admitted on Tuesday.

Hawthorne said X-rays taken of Brewer's head showed what appeared to be pellets in the wounds.

Texas Rangers and Mexia police were expected to travel to Temple Wednesday to continue their investigation and interview Brewer, if he is conscious.

Police would not confirm on Tuesday if Brewer had been shot, citing an ongoing investigation but two residents near the baseball fields in Mexia where Brewer had watched a game Monday night said police asked them if they had hear any gunshots.

Both residents also said police indicated Brewer may have been struck in the back of the head by some sort of pellet.

The residents described a flurry of police activity at those fields on Tuesday and one resident said she saw police officers intently searching the area around the field.

"I don't know what to think about it, I just hope he makes it out alright, and I hope they find out who did it," one resident said.

Police said Tuesday that no arrests had been made.

Sgt. Tim Brewer is a ten-year veteran of the Groesbeck Police Department.

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