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SWEETWATER, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – A suspect in Sweetwater is in custody after he made a Facebook live video saying he had just been shot by police during a traffic stop.
The suspect, James Hearin, made a live video around 10:00 a.m. Thursday.
In the video, he says he was pulled over for a traffic stop, and he refused to open his door or window, so they drew their guns and shot him.
Hearin says he was shot in the stomach and in the arm.
“I’m scared to death,” Hearin says in the video, where he admits to being a felon.
Around the same time the video was made, KTAB and KRBC heard police scanner traffic indicating Hearin had fled the scene and officers were looking for his pickup truck, which now has several bullet holes on the left side.
Sweetwater City Manager David Vela confirms there is an ongoing situation with an officer-involved shooting.
KTAB and KRBC are at the scene of the incident near Hill Street and Alabama Street, where law enforcement are still investigating.
Witnesses report hearing gunshots, looking outside, then seeing a truck drive away with police in pursuit.
The suspect is not in custody at this time. It’s unknown if he is considered a threat to the public.
Sweetwater police have not answered any request for media comment.
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