Johnson Co. detective and his mom assisted shot Montague Co. deputy




Posted on March 22, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 22 at 10:42 PM

DECATUR -- Cell phone video e-mailed to News 8 gave a glimpse of a high-speed pursuit that ended with a fiery crash and a shootout with police and deputies in Wise County Thursday.

But before the violent scene, suspect Evan Ebel left Montague County Deputy James Boyd for dead on US 287. Boyd shot him three times.

Detective David Blankenship from the Johnson County Sheriff's Department spotted Boyd's vehicle after the shooting.

"As I was passing by, [I] didn't see a deputy around [...] and out of the corner of my eye, I saw what appeared to be a body," Blankenship said.

Blankenship saw Boyd in front of the vehicle, on the ground.

"I identified myself as a fellow peace officer and told him that it was safe," he said.

The detective saw Boyd's wounds. Boyd was shot twice in the chest and once in the head. The bullet grazed his forehead.

Blankenship's mother, a retired nurse, was also with him. Both assisted the officer.

"[We were] proving medical assistance the best we could," Blankenship said. "I continued to assess those injuries to keep him alert. He knew where he was, who was involved, and the suspect's vehicle."

Boyd was working narcotics, on the lookout for any suspicious activity.

Investigators won't go into details on why Boyd stopped the suspect, but News 8 has learned the Cadillac had two different Colorado plates.

Boyd, even with his injuries, managed to alert authorities and give them the description of the vehicle.

Colorado detectives are thankful.

"I think it's a break," said Inspector John San Augustin from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. "I would be foolish to think that it wasn't a break."

Blankenship is also amazed by deputy Boyd's actions.

"He knew what he was doing provided. He provided valuable information," Blankenship said, "...a brave man, y'know?"