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1 dead in shooting involving officer on US 287

CHILLICOTHE (KFDX/KJTL) – Traffic delays continue in Hardeman and Wilbarger counties as an investigation into a fatal shooting involving multiple law enforcement continues.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Dan Buesing, Friday, September 23, 2022 at approximately 6:50 a.m. multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in a shooting.

The Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office was notified by a 911 caller around 6:50 a.m. that his co-pilot had shot him. The caller was later verified to be in transit and traveling south on US 287 just east of Quanah.

Hardeman County deputies made contact with the 18-wheeler which then evaded law enforcement south on US 287. The driver continued to evade law enforcement for approximately 10 miles.

sergeant. Buesing said the driver of the 18-wheeler then pulled over and exited the passenger-side door with a handgun and fired several shots at law enforcement. Multiple agencies hired the shooter, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities say the passenger who was shot was airlifted from the scene with life-threatening injuries. US 287 remains closed until further notice.

sergeant. Buesing said the Texas Rangers are on the scene investigating. Agencies involved include the Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office, Wilbarger County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Game Rangers and the Chillicothe Police Department.

Texoma’s homepage previously reported that US 287 between Vernon and Childress was closed due to an ongoing law enforcement issue, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

The investigation is ongoing and traffic remains blocked for several miles along US 287 in Wilbarger and Hardeman counties.

TxDOT officials said a detour is currently in place:

  • Southbound traffic in Hardeman County – South to SH 6 to Crowell then East on US 70 to Vernon
  • Northbound traffic in Wilbarger County – West on US 70 to Crowell then North on SH 6 to Quanah

More details are not available at the moment.

This is a developing story. Stay on the Texoma homepage for updates on the US 287 closure in Hardeman and Wilbarger counties as they become available.

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