A Texas County Sheriff’s Department deputy and a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper were involved March 1 in two separate foot pursuits with a wanted Houston man.
The incident began when a Houston police officer reportedly requested that a deputy go to a Highway B residence east of Houston where a 27-year-old man was believed to be staying and bring him to the police station so he could be issued a citation for shoplifting an item of electronics from Walmart.
Accompanied by a trooper, the deputy responded and located the man outside another nearby residence. But when the man was told to surrender, he took off running into some adjacent woods. The deputy and trooper pursued, and in the process told the man multiple times to stop running, but he continued and evaded capture.
When the deputy got back to his patrol car, he was advised that the man had a felony warrant for his arrest. After leaving the scene, the deputy was told the man had returned to the location where the foot pursuit began.
The deputy and the trooper returned, but the man ran again and got away.
A probable cause statement was sent to the county prosecutor’s office for charges of felony resisting arrest.
The man is still at large.