Police: DPS trooper shoots at suspect after chase


AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man is in custody after he tried hitting a trooper with his vehicle and led deputies on a chase Saturday night, a spokesperson at the Texas Department of Public Safety says.

Officials say the suspect is 21-year-old Dustin Lee Dougherty from Leander, Texas.

 A statement from DPS says that while officers chased Dougherty down on Saturday evening at about 10:15 p.m., one of the troopers shot at Dougherty in the 100 block of Fawnridge Drive.

Dougherty was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center for unspecified injuries, but was later released.

He was later arrested and booked into the Travis County Jail.

The area around the 9000 block of Georgian Drive, near Rundberg Lane, was closed off for a short period.

The trooper was not hurt.

Charley Wilkison, the Executive Director for CLEAT, the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas posted a message on social media saying the “suspect attempted vehicle assault” before the trooper shot at the suspect.

Dougherty was charged with assault on a public servant, evading arrest and detention with a vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading arrest and detention.

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