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Two Arrested Following Pursuit, Shots Fired

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY – The Texas Rangers are investigating following a pursuit in which shots were fired by officers.

The pursuit began after Midland Police were attempting to apprehend a suspect involved in a recent game room robbery.

Midland Police attempted to stop the suspect vehicle but the driver took off on Interstate 20 near the Midland/Ector County line.

Officials with the Ector County Sheriff's Office say they attempted to stop the vehicle near West County Road by shooting out one of the vehicles back tires but the vehicle continued on and even tried to run an officer's vehicle off the road.

After that attempt, an officer shot at the vehicle and hit the driver in the left hip area.

The vehicle then came to a stop near Interstate 20 and FM 1936.

The driver, who has been identified as 25-year-old Jake Copeland Craft, was taken to Medical Center Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

We're told a passenger in the vehicle, 27-year-old Phillip Fletcher, attempted to flee on foot but was caught and has been charged with evading arrest/detention.

Craft has been charged with evading in a motor vehicle, however, other charges could be pending.

Officials say two BB guns were found in the vehicle, which were said, to have been modified to look like real weapons.

The pursuit is still under investigation by the Texas Rangers which is standard protocol due to an officer involved shooting.

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