DashCam shows TX deputy being ambushed by CO killer

Credit: LiveLeak.com

Montague County Deputy James Boyd was shot three times after pulling over a suspect's car on March 21, 2013. He survived, and will soon be back at work.


by Monika Diaz / WFAA.com


Posted on May 27, 2013 at 2:52 PM

The walk from the squad car to the suspect's passenger window took only nine seconds, but it’s a traffic stop Montague County Sheriff’s Deputy James Boyd will never forget.

The video, posted on liveleak.com, shows Boyd coming face-to-face with Evan Ebel on March 21. Ebel, 28, was on the run after killing Colorado's top prison official, Tom Clements, and a pizza delivery man in that state.

KENS 5's sister station in Dallas sat down with Boyd days after the shooting. He told WFAA it happened in an instant.

"I remember seeing the gun shoot off a number of times, and I could see the cartridges just fly out," Boyd said.

The dashcam video shows Boyd falling to the ground after being shot three times. One bullet hit him in the head; the other two struck him in the chest, but his vest saved him.

Boyd managed to radio for help, and he also gave authorities a description of the suspect's vehicle.

“Kind of half way up looking for my mic, trying to call out for help, that's about the time I noticed I was bleeding from the face, noticed something is not right,” Boyd said. "I need help."

Thirty-five minutes after Boyd was shot, Ebel's rampage was over. He died in a shootout with officers and deputies in Wise County.

On Friday, Deputy James Boyd will receive an award for his role in the Ebel investigation.