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Identities of Officers Involved in Arlington Shooting Released

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    Identities of Officers Involved in Arlington Shooting Released
    Officer Craig Roper, on the left, and Corporal Elise Bowden, on the right, of Arlington Police Department

    Cpl. Elise Bowden is the Arlington police officer identified as being run over twice by a man trying to avoid arrest during a routine traffic stop late Wednesday night. 

    The Arlington Police Department released the identities of Bowden and of Officer Craig Roper Friday. Police said Roper is the officer who climbed into the back of the suspect's car in efforts to stop him from running over Bowden again. Roper ended up fatally shooting the suspect, 23-year-old Tavis Crane.

    Tavis Crane (inset) was shot to death by an Arlington police officer after he ran over another officer with a vehicle.
    Photo credit: Arlington Police Dept./NBC 5 News

    Roper allegedly shot Crane after climbing into his car in efforts to stop him from driving into Bowden again.

    Roper is currently on routine administrative leave.

    Bowden called for backup when she learned Crane had multiple outstanding warrants, including one for felony evading arrest-probation violation in Dallas County, and would need to arrest him. 

    A law office representing Crane's family issued a statement saying they do not plan to pursue any legal action, however, the family is requesting to view the dashcam video.

    According to the statement, witnesses in the vehicle at the time of the shooting differ with the police report about the events of that night.  

    Bowden is a mother of eight and a grandmother. She has been with the Arlington Police Department since May 20, 2002 and works the midnight shift for the West Patrol division. Her husband, Sgt. Brad Norman, is also with the Arlington Police Department.