Wounded deputy talks of encounter with suspected Colorado killer



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Posted on March 26, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 26 at 5:59 PM

FORT WORTH — Deputies found bomb-making materials, a Domino's pizza bag and bloody clothing in the car driven by Colorado prison gang member Evan Ebel.

Ebel is suspected in the death of Colorado's prison chief and a pizza delivery man in that state before shooting Montage County Deputy James Boyd after a high-speed chase last week in North Texas.

Boyd spoke out for the first time on Tuesday afternoon.

"I remember seeing the gun barrel, and that's it," Boyd said from a room at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. "I could see the cartridges fly out!"

The 27-year-old counts himself fortunate to still be here.

He was trying to do a traffic stop on a black Cadillac sedan last Thursday.

Little did he know at that time that Evan Ebel was behind the wheel and police say on the run — having just fled Colorado, where he is suspected in two murders.

Boyd said something just didn't look right with Ebel's car, and then — all of a sudden — he was shot, knocked to the ground after approaching the car.

"I got halfway up and noticed, 'Hey I'm bleeding now."

A bulletproof vest likely saved his life, as did help from a fellow law enforcement officer who just happened to be driving by.

Ebel was stopped in Wise County a short time later and killed.

But without Boyd's initial, gut feeling, there is no telling how long Ebel might have remained a danger to others.

Nevertheless, this young deputy doesn't consider himself a hero.

"It puts it into perspective," he said.  "I got lucky."

Deputy Boyd says he will undergo physical rehab but hopes to soon be back on the job. 

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