Jerry Don Elders Arrested In Connection With Capturing Of Burleson Officer Lott
It was shortly after 4am this morning when Burleson Police Officer Joshua Lott was shot throughout a visitors cease. The suspects fled the scene and a manhunt ensued with a number of companies, together with the Texas Rangers, aiding within the seek for Jerry Don Elders, 39.
Police consider after the three people deserted their SUV, they carjacked a lady exterior a house on the 8000 block of County Highway 802 in Burleson. Shortly earlier than 9 am, the lady confirmed up on the Joshua Police Department affected by gunshot wounds. She was taken to Huguley Hospital South in Burleson the place she later died. In the mean time, Burleson PD has not confirmed the suspect’s connection to the lady’s loss of life. Chief Cordell did say Elders was driving her automobile, and is “seemingly concerned”.
Later this afternoon, Gainesville Police Division pursued the suspect within the stolen silver Toyota Tacoma on I-35. The suspect and one other particular person deserted the automobile in some unspecified time in the future and fled on foot in a wooded space. Police have been capable of find Elders however not the second topic
“He was fleeing in her automobile,” Cordell mentioned. “We’re extraordinarily relieved he’s in custody.”
Elders was taken into custody in Gainesville, TX which is 5-6 miles from the Oklahoma border. The Texas Rangers are investigating one of many different people within the automobile, and investigators are in touch with the third particular person within the automobile. At this level they aren’t releasing any info on the opposite people. DPS is accountable for the investigation.
Officer Lott Is In Steady Situation & Anticipated To Recuperate
Chief Cordell says Officer Joshua Lott was shot 3 times and described it as “a tremendous story.” He was shot as soon as within the chest, has a wound slightly below the shoulder and a “by way of and thru” shot to his neck.
“The officer, it’s actually a exceptional story,” Cordell mentioned, of the officer’s survival. “It’s a tremendous story. I visited with him on the hospital, he’s alert, he’s in secure situation and talking. We’re simply very grateful. It may have been a really totally different consequence. We’re very grateful this officer goes to get better.”
From the Burleson Police Division, “Now we wish to take a second and concentrate on our officer. Officer Joshua Lott started his profession with Burleson Police Division in Could 2017. Officer Lott has served this neighborhood with nice pleasure, and he has obtained a number of accolades in his brief tenure with BPD. He was awarded two life-saving awards, one in 2018 and one in 2020. He was given a police commendation in 2019 for work he made to get better seven bikes at Burleson Energy Sports activities.
Officer Lott was lucky as we speak when there have been different officers that weren’t. Our prayers are with Officer Lott and his household, the harmless sufferer’s household whose life was taken when it’s believed the suspect carjacked her automobile, and to all regulation enforcement officers throughout the nation and their households.
We perceive our neighborhood will wish to know what to do to assist Officer Lott and his household. You may attain out [email protected] and she is going to help in coordination.
Burleson Police Division expresses our honest appreciation to the a number of companies who assisted and provided help, the U.S. Marshal’s Workplace, Texas Rangers and Division of Public Security. We additionally wish to specific our thanks to the medical employees at John Peter Smith Hospital who rendered care to our officer. Thanks to our neighborhood for his or her love and effectively needs.”
All offenses occurred in Johnson County and Elders will likely be prosecuted in Johnson County. Elders was wished on a first-degree felony cost of aggravated assault with a lethal weapon towards a police officer and possession of management substance penalty group 1, lower than 1 gram, which can be a felony offense.