DPS trooper, Center officer fatally shoot suspect

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Associated Press

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 11:32 AM

CENTER, Texas (AP) — An East Texas man suspected of stealing a pickup truck has been fatally shot by officers after the fleeing vehicle hit a Department of Public Safety trooper.

DPS says another trooper and a Center police officer shot and killed 38-year-old Jonathan Swindle of Shelbyville to end Sunday night's pursuit.

Trooper Zachary Mills of Center was listed in good condition Tuesday at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.

DPS spokesman Tom Vinger says Mills was out of his patrol car when he was struck while in a ditch as Swindle drove off a road and around a spiked strip near Center, about 160 miles northeast of Houston.

Another trooper and a Center officer then shot Swindle. DPS did not identify that trooper.

Center police did not immediately return a message Tuesday.

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