Sheriff's lieutenant shot by kidnapping suspect

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Associated Press

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 8:32 AM

WACO, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a McLennan County sheriff's lieutenant has been shot in the leg by a kidnapping suspect near the campus of Baylor University.

Chief Sheriff's Deputy Matt Cawthon told the Waco Tribune-Herald (http://bit.ly/J6y3So ) that Lieutenant Johnny Spillman was shot during an exchange of gunfire near campus Wednesday afternoon. Cawthon said 25-year-old Michael Alvarado was arrested in the shooting.

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Alvarado had kidnapped a woman he knew at gunpoint from a home. Several agencies responded to a storage unit where Alvarado allegedly fled. Swanton said as authorities closed in Alvarado tried to ram through a gate and then began firing. That's when Spillman was hit.

Cawthon said Spillman was in stable condition. Alvarado was wounded and in critical condition. The woman was not injured.

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Information from: Waco Tribune-Herald, http://www.wacotrib.com

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