APD officer injured during chase and struggle: Citizen helps restrain suspect

The suspect in Friday morning's shooting incident involving an Amarillo officer has been identified and faces multiple charges, including attempted capital murder of a peace officer.

According to a 4 p.m. update from the Amarillo Police Department, Lyle L. Youngs, 36, has been booked into the Randall County Detention Center.

Along with the attempted capital murder charge, Youngs faces charges of attempting to take a weapon from a peace officer, possession of controlled substance penalty group 1-greater than 1 gram and less than 4 grams, resisting arrest, evading arrest/detention, false ID fugitive from justice, possession of drug paraphernalia and the on view traffic offenses of expired registration, no financial responsibility and no driver’s license.

An Amarillo motorcycle officer was grazed by a bullet during a struggle with a suspect who had tried to get a hold of the officer's gun after a chase and struggle ensued from a traffic stop early Friday.

At about 8 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, a motor officer stopped a man who was driving a pickup for a traffic offense, Amarillo Police Department (APD) Public Information Officer Sgt. Carla Burr said in a news release.

Police said the driver was found to have a warrant out for his arrest. When the officer started to arrest the driver, he began resisting and fighting with the officer.

The suspect ran, and the officer chased him on foot into an alley of the 3400 block of Janet. While the officer was attempting to take the suspect into custody, a struggle ensued, and a citizen stopped and began helping the officer get the suspect into custody.

APD said at one point, the suspect got the officer's gun partially out of his holster and it fired, grazing the officer on his leg.

The officer was able to gain control of his gun. The officer and citizen were able to hold the suspect until backup officers arrived. The suspect was then taken into custody.

Both the officer and suspect were checked by paramedics at the scene. The officer was later taken to the hospital to be treated for his injury.

The name of the officer and civilian have not been released.

High Plains Pundit will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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