A San Antonio fugitive hijacked a bus and shot two police officers before being killed by law enforcement on Sunday.
Ramon Thomas Villagomez was already wanted for the murder of his ex-girlfriend and for an assault in Brazoria County. Dallas-area police first received reports of an armed man boarding a DART bus on Sunday morning, later hearing word that the man was shooting out the windows of the bus. He compelled the bus driver to drive away from law enforcement, holding the man at gunpoint.
Police went on to chase the bus through Richardson, Garland, Rowlett, and into Rockwall, with the suspect firing upon the authorities as he was pursued.
Video of the event showed police cars chasing the runaway bus down the highway:
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“Throughout the entire time of the pursuit, shots were continuously being fired from inside the bus to our officers, and our officers were returning fire,” said a spokesman for the Garland Police Department. “There was an immediate threat to and danger to the people on the bus. That’s why we were pursuing the vehicle.
The bus was ultimately stopped with the use of spike strips on the northbound lanes of the President George Bush Turnpike. Villagomez exited the vehicle, and was killed by gunfire from police shortly after.
Two officers were shot, receiving non-life threatening injuries in the course of the pursuit. A bus driver and the sole other passenger who were on the bus were unhurt.
Imagery of the crime scene, which is under the investigation of the FBI and five different police departments:
Texas Governor Greg Abbott Ends Statewide Mask Mandate: “It’s Time to Open Texas 100%”
Enough is enough.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott finally announced an end to statewide mask and closing mandates on Tuesday, charting a path away from coronavirus lockdowns.
All businesses within the state of Texas will be able to open “100%” after the Governor’s proclamation. After a full year of coronavirus restrictions, Abbott has determined that it’s time for Texans to make their own decision on following health and safety mandates.
The decision to end lockdown restrictions in Texas follows Florida’s approach, and Texas is easily the biggest state to end restrictions on everyday life in the United States. Texas had a varied experience with the coronavirus, with Governor Abbott at one point reinstating restrictions after a second wave of the disease.
Governor Abbott cited the success of President Trump’s life-saving coronavirus vaccine in bringing an end to COVID-19 restrictions. He indicated that the risk of the virus will remain, but that vaccinating vulnerable populations and allowing businesses was the right course ahead for the Lone Star State. The restrictions end on Wednesday.
Abbott believes that nearly all Texans ages 60 and older will be vaccinated by the end of the month, with the vaccinated population reaching critical mass by April.
Abbott did state that he would consider reinstating coronavirus restrictions in the state if COVID test positivity rates went above 15% in areas of the state.
With a full year of arbitrary restrictions and questionable advice from supposed medical experts, Abbott’s decision to end restrictions in place for a year may serve as a dam-buster in finally doing away with lockdown policies. With Trump no longer in office, blue states may soon follow, having lost their excuse.
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