Deputy constable shot, wounded in traffic stop

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by KHOU.com Staff and Andrew Horansky/ KHOU 11 News

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Posted on May 6, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Updated Monday, May 7 at 11:00 AM

TOMBALL, Texas—A deputy constable was shot and wounded and the driver shot and killed during a routine traffic stop gone wrong.

Around 5:20 p.m. Saturday, Deputy Constable Ted Dahlin, a 14-year veteran of Precinct Four, was west of Tomball when he pulled over a black pickup truck and ordered the driver to exit his vehicle. The driver got out of the truck and opened fire.

"The suspect ambushed our driver," Assistant Chief Mark Hermon said.

Dahlin returned fire, hitting the driver three times, once in the head. Hours later, the driver died from his injuries. Dahlin is expected to recover.

Herman described the suspect as a career criminal with a history of felonies and a number of warrants.

This was not the first time Dahlin experienced an unpredictable turn for the worst. A few years ago, Dahlin lost the German Shepherd he worked with in the canine unit. The dog was allegedly strangled by a burglary suspect it was sent to pursue.

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