NEW: Murder suspects lead police on chase that ends in shootout on I35W in Alvarado
A Hill County law enforcement officer and two suspects wanted in connection to a murder in Dallas are all recovering in the hospital tonight for injuries sustained in a lengthy pursuit and shootout.
It all started around 2:00pm this afternoon when the Dallas Police Department Fugitive Apprehension Unit was conducting an investigation involving two wanted felons. Both were suspects in a homicide investigation. The suspect’s vehicle, a red Dodge Neon, was spotted on Interstate 35E in Waxahachie. A marked Waxahachie police officer attempted to pull over the suspects, but they sped away.
A lengthy pursuit went through Ellis, Hill, and Johnson counties involving several agencies. During the pursuit, the suspects fired multiple gunshots at police, striking a Hill County Constable. He was taken to a Fort Worth hospital where his injuries and condition have not been disclosed. We have heard unofficially that he was hit in the shoulder and face. Burleson Police Department has identified him as Kevin Cordell, one of their former officers.
The suspects continued to fire at police throughout the pursuit, eventually exiting off Interstate 35W at County Road 604 in Alvarado. They u-turned on the service road to go back southbound on the highway when a DPS Trooper utilized his vehicle and rammed the suspects.
The suspect vehicle came to rest along a grassy median along the highway. A shootout then ensued between several police officers and the two suspects. Both suspects were injured and taken to local hospitals. We have heard at least one of the suspects sustained major injuries. No other officers were injured.
Lanes of Interstate 35W were closed for approximately 30 minutes while police apprehended both suspects. CareFlite sent two medical helicopters to the scene.
The Texas Rangers are leading the investigation at this time.
UPDATE: The two suspects involved in yesterday’s shooting have been identified as 19-year-old men from Dallas. One of the suspects was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The other remains hospitalized. Hill County Constable Kevin Cordell also remains hospitalized.
Thanks to Michael Beard Photography for the banner photo of the scene.