Officials: Shootout kills woman, injures officer
A woman has died in an exchange of gunfire with a suburban Dallas police officer after a late-night traffic stop.
Police in Farmers Branch say the officer had initiated the traffic stop late Tuesday and was speaking with the driver when the officer asked the woman, a passenger in the car, to exit the vehicle.
The woman, identified as 38-year-old Brooke Amelia Camacho, then pulled a gun and shot the unidentified officer.
The officer was able to return fire and shot Camacho. Both were taken to a hospital where Camacho died. The officer was later released, and authorities say his bulletproof vest saved his life.
It’s not clear what prompted Camacho to fire.
The male driver was questioned and released. No charges have been filed against him.
Jailer charged with theft of funds
Authorities say a Central Texas jailer has been charged with stealing funds.
Milam County Sheriff David Greene on Tuesday told the Temple Daily Telegram that Milam County Jail Capt. Katrina Douglas had been arrested by the Texas Rangers and charged with theft of more than $30,000 but less than $150,000, a third-degree felony.
Greene said the Texas Rangers investigated Douglas for several months after a large amount of money was discovered missing. She was arrested Dec. 21 in Temple.
Douglas was released from Bell County Jail after posting bail, Greene said. A phone number couldn’t be found to reach her for comment.
The newspaper reports Douglas is the third Milam County employee within the last two years to be connected with missing funds.
3 dead, 2 injured after SUV collides with hog
Three people are dead and two others injured after a vehicle collided with a wild hog in Southwest Texas.
The accident happened late Monday on a rural road near Uvalde, about 110 miles southwest of San Antonio.
Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Sgt. Conrad Hein said Tuesday that a preliminary investigation indicates a Ford Expedition collided with the hog, causing the vehicle to swerve into oncoming traffic and hit a Mercedes SUV head-on.
The Expedition’s driver, 51-year-old Ruby Garza, and the driver of the Mercedes, 27-year-old Antonio Cordova, were pronounced dead at the scene.
One of the passengers in the Ford, 51-year-old Julia Vasquez, later died at an area hospital.
Hein had no immediate information on the names and conditions of the Expedition’s two other passengers.