Randall County deputies involved in shooting that sends 1 person to the hospital

Early Tuesday morning, two Randall County Sheriff’s Office deputies were involved in a shooting that sent one person to the hospital.

According to the Randall County Sheriff’s Office, the deputies observed a van disregarding a stop sign in the area of South Washington and 46th Street. The deputies were riding together as a two-man unit in a marked patrol vehicle. 

The deputies activated the emergency lights to conduct a traffic stop for the violation. Officials said the van continued south on Washington Street until turning onto 48th Street. 

As the deputies exited their vehicle, the driver quickly exited the van and ignored commands to stay in the vehicle.  The driver pointed an illuminated flashlight toward deputies, causing them to perceive a threat.  

The deputies fired three rounds, striking the suspect once in the pelvic area.  A passenger in the van was secured and the deputies immediately rendered first aid to the suspect. 

Other RCSO deputies and Amarillo Police Department officers responded to the scene to assist. 

The suspect was transported by ambulance to Northwest Texas Hospital, where he was treated for a non-life-threatening injury. 

Officials confirmed the two deputies have been placed on administrative leave as per Randall County Sheriff’s Office policy. This incident is under investigation by the Texas Rangers.

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