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Man calls 911 with vague details of shooting, opens fire on responding deputies in ambush


Parker County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man following an incident where deputies were shot at Saturday morning.

The suspect, Allen Dewayne Thomas, 47, of Weatherford, was arrested and booked into the Parker County Jail, charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer.

The Parker County Communications center received a call at 6:25 a.m., stating if sheriff’s deputies did not respond to the suspect’s location in the 7100 block of River Trail, in Horseshoe Bend, he “would shoot ’em [sic] all.”

The caller refused to answer the dispatcher’s questions for more information, but stated he believed he had shot two people on and near his property, while two other individuals were “loose” on his property. Investigators did not locate any such individuals, but believe this was a ruse to draw deputies to the scene.

“This appears to be a deliberate act, where our deputies were called into an ambush in a violent attempt to take the lives of our law enforcement officers,” said Sheriff Larry Fowler.

When deputies arrived on scene to investigate the incident, the suspect fired a rifle at the deputies, striking a patrol vehicle three times and narrowly missing the deputy.

The Weatherford-Parker County Special Operations Group was deployed to the scene.

Around 8:47 a.m., contact was made with the suspect in an attempt to diffuse the situation, when the suspect taunted deputies to “come and get me.”

The suspect was arrested shortly afterward without further incident.

Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said no law enforcement personnel were injured during the incident and no officers fired a weapon.

The Texas Rangers are assisting in the investigation, and no further comments are being released pending the investigation.


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