RED OAK – Red Oak Police are still searching for a suspect involved in a shooting that took place Wednesday afternoon.
Officers were dispatched at about 4:22 p.m. to the 100 block of Summit Street in Red Oak.
“We had a domestic disturbance that resulted in the shooting of a 25-year-old female while she was sitting in her car. We believe it to be her boyfriend, who fled the scene,” Red Oak Police Chief Garland Wolf said. “Initially, we were told that he was on foot. We were able to determine that he fled the scene in a vehicle.”
Wolf said when officers arrived on the scene, as a precaution, they applied a tourniquet to the victim’s leg. Tourniquets are standard equipment that Red Oak officers are issued.
Officers then provided security for the fire department so that firefighters could move her to a safe location and get her transported to the hospital. Once in a safer position, the victim was transported by air ambulance to a Metroplex hospital. The injuries to the victim are non-life threating.
Wolf stated that officers conducted a search of the immediate area. The area that was searched was south of Summit Street. It included Waller Street and State Highway 342 near the Whataburger restaurant across from Red Oak High School down to Watkins Park that is located at 101 Live Oak St.
Members of the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Waxahachie, and DeSoto Police Departments assisted with the search. A canine unit was deployed in the search but was unable to locate a scent due to the high volume of foot traffic.
Wolf stated that it would have been hard to lock down any of the schools since they had just let out for the day and students were on their way home. Forty-five minutes into the search police received information that the suspect had left the area in a vehicle.
“In our canvassing of the area, we spoke with several people that indicated to us that they saw him leaving from behind the residence in an alleyway in a vehicle or at least a person matching the description we had,” Wolf explained. “As this is an ongoing investigation and still in its early stages, the names of the involved parties are being withheld for the integrity of the investigation and to ensure the safety of the victim.”
Wolf said the suspect, who has been identified, is not believed to be an immediate risk to citizens and he remains at large after having fled the scene and is not believed to be in the immediate area from facts gathered at the offense location. Investigators are working diligently to take him into custody.
Wolf stated they don’t know if the suspect is armed but are treating him like he is because it is unknown if he still has the weapon used to commit the offense.
He added that once an arrest warrant has been obtained and interviews with the victim and potential witnesses are complete; more details will be released.
People with information about this case are asked to call Red Oak Police. The staff at the police department can be reached at 972-617-7632. The department is located at 547 N. Methodist St. in Red Oak.