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Denton Police Officer Out of Surgery After Being Shot During Traffic Stop, 2 People in Custody

Officer confronted suspects about smelling marijuana, according to court documents

A Denton police officer shot during a traffic stop Tuesday morning remains in critical condition although his recovery is favorable after undergoing surgery, police said.

Urbano Rodriguez Jr., a five-year veteran of the Denton Police Department, was shot twice, once in the head and once in the leg, during a traffic stop a few minutes after midnight on West University Drive.

The shooting happened after Rodriguez confronted the suspects about smelling marijuana in their car, according to court documents obtained by The Dallas Morning News.

Court documents obtained by our media partners The Dallas Morning News show that a Denton police officer was confronting two people about selling marijuana early Tuesday morning, when he was shot.

Antwon Pinkston and Michele Stacey were booked into the Denton County Jail in connection with the shooting. They were both shot in the arm when a back-up officer returned fire, said police chief Frank Dixon.

Pinkston is charged with attempted capital murder and is held on a $5 million bond.

Stacey is jailed only on a probation violation but more charges are possible, police said.

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Antwon Pinkston, left, and Michele Stacey, right.

Both suspects were briefly treated for superficial wounds and transferred to the Denton County Jail. 

Dixon said after Rodriguez underwent surgery Tuesday that his recovery chances were "favorable."

"We know him as being a very tough officer but compassionate," Dixon said. "He's a fighter but he truly cares about our community."

Denton Police Chief Frank Dixon delivers an update on the condition of the police officer shot during a traffic stop early Tuesday morning in Denton.

The shooting happened when the officer pulled over a vehicle for an "equipment violation," police said.

A Denton police officer is in critical but stable condition after being shot during a traffic stop, and two suspects who fled were later taken into custody and hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

Carrollton police later spotted what was believed to be the gunman's car and attempted to make a traffic stop along Sandy Lake Road but the driver led officers on a slow-speed chase before pulling over near the intersection of Valley View Lane and Luna Road, police said. 

The Texas Rangers are leading the investigation at the request of Denton Police.

Stacey, the driver, told an investigator she feared for her life and did what Pinkston told her, according to the arrest warrant.

When an investigator questioned Pinkston, he mumbled, complained of being cold and acted like he was trying to sleep, police said.

A Denton police officer is out of surgery but remains in critical condition after being shot early Tuesday morning during a traffic stop, police say.
Assistant Denton Police Chief Bobby Smith said at a news conference that the injured officer was in critical but stable condition and was undergoing surgery.
A Denton police officer is in critical condition and undergoing surgery after being shot early Tuesday morning during a traffic stop.
More than a dozen Denton police patrol cars were seen parked outside Medical City Denton early Tuesday morning after an officer was shot during a traffic stop.

The Denton Police Department says the 100 Club of Denton will coordinate all donations for Officer Rodriguez and his family. Click here for the club's website.

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