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Sheriff’s deputy shoots motorist

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By Matthew Zabel / Staff Writer

A Denton County sheriff’s deputy shot a driver during a traffic stop after the man rammed the deputy’s vehicle Monday afternoon west of Krum, according to a sheriff’s spokesman.

Tom Reedy, spokesman for the Denton County Sheriff’s Office, said two people were in the Honda Accord on FM1173 near Plainview Road when the officer made the stop at about 4:20 p.m.

During the stop, the Accord pulled into a driveway and the deputy pulled in behind it. Then, the driver and passenger quickly changed seats.

The new driver then “threw the vehicle into reverse and slammed into his [the deputy’s] vehicle,” Reedy said.

He said the deputy was not injured and fired at the new driver twice.

That man was taken by ambulance to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Denton, and his condition was not immediately available.

The deputy, whom Reedy would not name, is an 11-year employee of the sheriff’s office and has been a deputy for five years, he said.

The deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave, pending an investigation into the shooting by the Texas Rangers, Reedy said.

It was not clear what prompted the original traffic stop.

The passenger in the vehicle was taken into custody, but it was unclear what charges would be filed against him, Reedy said.

MATTHEW ZABEL can be reached at 940-566-6884. His e-mail is mzabel@dentonrc.com .