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Manhunt underway after Troopers injured in Carson County

DPS has released this picture of the suspect, Victor Apodaca, 25, of Clovis
DPS has released this picture of the suspect, Victor Apodaca, 25, of Clovis
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UPDATE: Apodaca has been captured. Click here to read the latest.


A manhunt is now underway after three Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers and one from Virginia were injured early Sunday afternoon during a routine traffic stop.

Troopers are now looking for Victor Apodaca, 25, of Clovis. Authorities say Apodaca is still at large.

UPDATE: DPS Spokesperson Trooper Chris Ray confirmed three instead of four law enforcement officers received non-life threatening injuries. Two were taken to an Amarillo hospital; one was treated on scene, but not transported.

DPS said the incident happened during a routine traffic stop at about 12 p.m. along Interstate 40 near Conway.

According to Ray, a Trooper realized the incident could be dangerous and therefore jumped into the vehicle to prevent it from fleeing. That's when, DPS said, the Trooper was injured. Three other Troopers were also injured during the incident.

Two people were allegedly involved in the assault of the Trooper, the Sheriff's Office said. One person was taken into custody and a manhunt is underway for the second suspect.

The Sheriff's Office said it was initially looking for a silver Cadillac 4-door with one person inside. That person, the Sheriff's Office said, is possibly armed and is believed to be wanted out of Clovis, New Mexico.

Authorities said the suspect vehicle was found abandoned near Armstrong County Charlie Road and 19. Anyone who may see this suspect is asked to call 911 and to not approach him.

The DPS chopper along with prison dogs were called in to assist with the search east of Amarillo in Armstrong County. Law enforcement is now in armored clothing searching through the fields.

Texas Rangers are now assisting in the search.

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