Man dies from wounds

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Investigation continues; deputy placed on paid administrative leave

The man who allegedly rammed a Denton County sheriff’s deputy patrol vehicle with another vehicle Monday afternoon died a few hours later at a hospital from gunshot wounds he sustained after the sheriff’s deputy shot him multiple times, sheriff’s officials said.

Roberto Carlos Hernandez, 21, died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton at about 9:30 p.m., sheriff’s spokesman Tom Reedy said.

Reedy said that at about 4:25 p.m. a deputy was on FM1173 when he observed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The deputy pursued the vehicle, which pulled over and stopped in the driveway of a residence near Odneal Road.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Michael Chadwick Fry, moved into the back seat and the passenger, Hernandez, took the driver’s seat, he said.

The deputy told the men to exit the vehicle, but Hernandez put the vehicle in reverse and accelerated toward the deputy and rammed the deputy’s vehicle, Reedy said. The deputy fired at the driver, striking him several times, he said.

According to officials, the deputy used a Glock 17 9 mm, his standard weapon.

“At this point, it is unknown whether Hernandez intended to flee from the scene,” Reedy said.

He also said Hernandez did not have any warrants for hisarrest.

Fry was taken into custody on an Oct. 10 probation violation warrant in connection with a DWI conviction.

The incident is being investigated by the Texas Rangers. The deputy, whose name hasn’t been released, has been with the sheriff’s office since 2001. The deputy is on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete, which is standard procedure following an investigation, Reedy said.

JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882. His e-mail address is jharden@dentonrc.com .


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