BURLESON, TX – A 39-year-old man who authorities say non-fatally shot a Burleson Police Officer during a traffic stop on April 14th was taken into custody.
Officials also allege that the suspect may have been involved in an armed carjacking, after the shooting of the officer, that reportedly led to a woman’s death.
— George P. Bush (@georgepbush) April 14, 2021
On April 14th at approximately 4:15 a.m., Burleson Police Officer Joshua Lott pulled over a vehicle for an alleged equipment violation along the 1100 block of Hillside Drive.
As the officer was approaching the vehicle, authorities say that 39-year-old Jerry Don Elders fired multiple shots at Officer Lott, striking the officer in the neck.
Authorities referred to the shooting incident as being emblematic of an “ambush.”
Burleson Police Chief Billy Cordell stated that Officer Lott is currently “alert” following the shooting, noting that officials believe that the officer was shot three times during the encounter.
The police chief described the fact that the officer survived as being “an amazing story”:
“He had a through-and-through shot to his neck…It’s an amazing story…It could have been a very different outcome.”
Following the shooting incident, officials say Elders and two other subjects that were reportedly in the vehicle with him during the shooting fled the scene, and sometime thereafter their vehicle caught on fire.
It is currently unclear what led to the suspect’s vehicle catching fire.
The three subjects, which included Elders, were said to have abandoned the vehicle that caught on fire along the 700 block of John Jones Drive.
Authorities have reason to believe that Elders may have been involved in a subsequent carjacking after the shooting that proved fatal for an unidentified female victim.
Chief Cordell mentioned that “a female arrived at the Joshua Police Department…with gunshot wounds,” at approximately 8:44 a.m. – mere hours after the non-fatal shooting of Officer Lott.
Apparently, a woman was carjacked at her home located within the 8000 block of Country Road 802, shot, and later passed away at an area hospital.
Elders was reportedly found hiding out in a wooded area not far from Gainesville during the afternoon of April 14th.
As for the two other subjects that were reportedly inside of the vehicle with Elders during the shooting incident, Chief Cordell said they are “in contact” with one of the subjects but are actively searching for the third person reportedly present during the shooting:
“We don’t know for sure who that is. They are continuing to search for that person.”
In a post shared on Facebook by the Burleson Police Department, it was revealed that Officer Lott had joined the department back in May of 2017.
Within the four years he’s been with the BPD, Officer Lott has been awarded two life-saving awards and a police commendation for his work involving recovering seven stolen motorcycles during an investigation back in 2019.
In the same post from the BPD, it was also noted just how lucky Officer Lott is to have survived the roadside encounter, while also expressing condolences for the woman whose life was lost in connection with the case:
“Officer Lott was fortunate today when there have been other officers that were not. Our prayers are with Officer Lott and his family, the innocent victim’s family whose life was taken when it is believed the suspect carjacked her vehicle, and to all law enforcement officers across the country and their families.”
This is a developing investigation.
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In other news coming from Texas, the Houston Mayor afforded commentary regarding a recent fatal shooting of a child within the city.
During this provided commentary, the city mayor also urged the public to conduct themselves in a manner where they “assume everybody is carrying a gun.”
Here’s that previous report.
HOUSTON, TX – With the recent fatal shooting of a child in Houston, city Mayor Sylvester Turner touched on two relative topics revolving around firearms in the city.
The first, and most relevant to the recent passing of the child, was a stern reminder to gun owners to make sure that their weapons are secure in their home so that children cannot gain access to them.
The second point touched on was regarding firearms in the streets of Houston, warning the public that they should “assume” everyone has a gun and avoid unnecessary confrontations.
With a recent spate of Houston gun deaths, including those with children and road rage incidents, Mayor Sylvester Turner offered this word of caution. https://t.co/FtwPZmGOKo
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) April 11, 2021
On April 10th, Mayor Turner made reference to the recent case involving a child that died in West Houston the day prior, due to reportedly being shot by his three-year-old brother.
The city mayor stressed that it is important for responsible gun owners to make sure that children inside of their household cannot gain access to the firearms stored there.
Noting that outside of criminal charges parents and gun owners could face for not properly securing weapons around minors, Mayor Turner said that ultimately no one wants to see a child hurt or killed:
“No one wants to see a minor hurt or even killed because another child got access to a gun – playing with it, not realizing it’s loaded.”
From there, the Houston mayor transitioned to the topic of the dangers of needlessly engaging in confrontations with others while out in the public, and how quickly they can escalate:
“There are just way too many guns on our streets. And what I will say to anybody in the city of Houston, you ought to just assume everybody is carrying a gun.
“And what I mean by that is be very reluctant to engage in an argument with somebody in the street, or somebody in the store – you name it.”
Mayor Turner proceeded to dive into some hypothetical scenarios where simple arguments with individuals on the roadways or streets have the propensity to escalate, which he cautions that it’s better to just keep a cool temper when faced with potential conflict:
“I just assume everybody is carrying a gun these days. If you start with that premise, I think you’ll be very careful; for example, if you’re driving on the freeways – don’t get into any road rage. That’s a no-no.
“If someone bumps you in the wrong way, be about getting into an argument with them…sometimes you just have to let that go. Because it’s just not worth it.”
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