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Texas DPS Trooper Involved in Shooting in Greenville

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating after one of its troopers was involved in shooting in Hunt County Tuesday evening.

The incident happened just after 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of Interstate 30 and Division Street in Greenville.

DPS spokesperson Lonny Haschel said a trooper pulled over the driver of an SUV, 30-year-old Matthias Slaughter, for suspicion of DUI.

The trooper attempted to arrest Slaughter, a Garland resident, after a field sobriety test when Haschel said Slaughter took off in the SUV and dragged the trooper.

The trooper fired his weapon an unknown amount of times.

A witness told NBC 5 the trooper held onto the vehicle as it went up on two wheels over the concrete highway divider.

"I mean most of the time you see it on the news and other places jumping out. Not usually around here you see someone jump out try to run away from the cop too often," said James Russell, a witness who happened to be driving by at the time.

The SUV crashed into the divider, Haschel said, and came to a stop about 100 yards from where Slaughter was pulled over.

Slaughter jumped over the concrete divider into oncoming traffic during rush hour. The trooper followed and managed to arrest the suspect.

Slaughter was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Haschel said.

After he was released from the hospital, he was transported to Hunt County Hail and charged with multiple felonies, Haschel said.

The trooper was also treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The Hunt County Sheriff's Office said it is assisting Texas DPS in investigating the incident.

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