by Brian Wise
ODESSA- Two suspects involved with a chase and shootout on Highway 385 on Friday are at Medical Center Hospital in Odessa.
The hunt for a stolen vehicle turned into a shootout between law enforcement and two suspects. Texas Department of Public Safety continued with the situation into the late evening hours.
"Officers were attempting to locate a stolen vehicle occupied by two suspects. The suspects were located at the intersection of Yukon and U.S. 385," Midland DPS Public Information Officer, Elena Viramontes, said.
Highway 385 going to Andrews was closed to drivers and traffic was re-directed due to a shooting hours earlier. Texas State Troopers told NewsWest 9, two suspects fired on officers in Odessa then fled north. Troopers say the chase went for seven to eight miles then the shooting began again at a rest stop.
"Law enforcement officers at this time did engage. One of the suspects was injured. The other fled the scene," Viramontes said.
Officers opened fire this time out of the range of civilians. One suspect was wounded but the other stole another vehicle with two people inside. They started back south and ended up in the wrong lane.
After negotiating, the suspect surrendered and the hostages fled for safety.