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DPS identifies man shot by trooper

Mikeal Brent Richardson, 56, was airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock after he was shot by a Department of Public Safety trooper, Saturday.

The incident is now being investigated by DPS and the Texas Rangers.

Bryan Witt, DPS Lieutenant, reported that according to a preliminary investigation, the incident occurred around 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Witt said shortly after 12 p.m. Saturday, a Cochran County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop Richardson on Highway 114, west of Morton.

Richardson had earlier pointed a rifle at Cochran County Sheriff’s Investigator Theo Galvan when he responded to a call at the suspect’s residence.

Witt said the suspect evaded arrest and detention in a pickup truck, headed westbound on Highway 114. He then turned south onto FM 595 while continuing to evade law enforcement.

Shortly after turning onto FM 595, Richardson was shot by a DPS trooper, Witt said.

Witt said inside the vehicle driven by Richardson, an investigation yielded a handgun, two rifles and a large amount of ammunition.

The suspect was airlifted to a local hospital and the investigation is ongoing. 

Richardson has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and felony evading arrest in a motor vehicle.

He is currently listed in stable condition at UMC.

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