An officer with the Weatherford Police Department is reportedly in stable condition after undergoing surgery Thursday night for an abdominal wound he received when he was inadvertently shot by a fellow officer during a struggle with a suspect. The suspect was shot as well.
According to a press release from the WPD, at approximately 9:14 p.m. Thursday, Officer Chris Bumpas conducted an investigative traffic stop on a vehicle in the parking lot of Tequila Bar and Grill, 2150 Tin Top Road, in Weatherford. The vehicle involved in the investigative stop was occupied by two white males and one white female.
Bumpas called for back-up, which arrived on scene soon after the call. He learned one of the male suspects had a warrant for his arrest. As officers tried to arrest the suspect, he became combative and began to strike Bumpas in the head with a metal flashlight.
During the struggle, the second officer/back-up officer deployed a TASER, but it did not have any effect on the suspect as he continued to assault Bumpas. As the struggle continued, the second officer fired his weapon and struck the suspect. Preliminarily, according to the release, it appears that one of the shots fired by the second officer at the suspect also struck Bumpas in the abdomen.
The officer that fired his weapon has been placed on routine administrative leave, per department policy. The suspect remains in the hospital and is currently listed in “guarded” condition. Upon his release, he will be transported to the Parker County Jail on the original warrant and the additional charge of aggravated assault on a peace officer.
Bumpas was taken into surgery to repair the injury to his abdomen. On Thursday night, he was listed as in stable condition and appeared to be recovering well.
Bumpas has been with the WPD for approximately one year and was recently awarded “Rookie of the Year.”
The Texas Rangers will take the lead in the investigation, which is standard procedure for the Weatherford Police Department in officer-involved shootings. The department said additional information may be made available as the investigation continues.