UPDATE: The suspect in this case has been identified by the Hewitt Police Department.
Dallas Scott Bohanon is charged with Aggravated Assault of a Public Servant and Evading Arrest.
Below is the previous update for this story:
Police officer shot is now out of the hospital, according to Hewitt Police Chief.
Police quickly chased down a suspect in a Tuesday morning robbery of the Pointwest Bank on Hewitt Drive.
The robbery alarm came in to the Hewitt Police Department at 9:05 a.m.
The suspect vehicle ended up on Garden Drive at Manor Drive with the suspect fleeing on foot.
Hewitt police have confirmed that one officer was wounded at the bank.
Officers arrived before the robber fled and exchanged gunfire with him as he was getting away.
That was when the officer was wounded.
He was transported to a local hospital.
Hewitt Police Chief Jim Devlin said he is stable.
Midway ISD schools in the vicinity of the robbery were placed in a lockout condition for a time as Hewitt and Waco Police and McLennan County Sheriff’s deputies pursued the suspect.
Chief James Devlin says this is the first time someone has shot a Hewitt officer in the line of duty.
“It very scary and I think it’s pretty much by the grace of god that there wasn’t more injury to this officer than what there was,” said Chief Devlin.
Devlin says the two-year veteran confronted the suspected robber at Pointwest Bank, ordered him to stop, but the suspect shot at him instead. The officer shot back as the suspect jumped into his truck and drove off.
At one point, police say the suspect stopped and fired at the officer with a shotgun, hitting him in the upper arm. But that didn’t stop the officer.
“He continued in the pursuit, he continued the whole entire time because he was there and he wanted to get the bad guy,” said Chief Devlin.
That officer was taken to a hospital while other officer joined the chase.
The suspect crashed his truck at the intersection of Manor and Wingate Drive in Waco and ran off.
But he didn’t get far before officers arrested him.
“Based on the actions today this is a very violent offender who had no care in the world about taking out a law enforcement officer which is very concerning,” said Chief Devlin.
The shot officer is already out of the hospital.
“I’m proud he gets to go home today. He did what he needed to do. He stayed in the fight. He didn’t give up. He was protecting this community is what he was doing,” said Chief Devlin.