A Fayette County Sheriff's Deputy is clinging to life after he was shot last night while trying to make an arrest in LaGrange, which is located northwest of San Antonio, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
LaGrange Police Chief Steven Sarabia says it happened as the deputy was trying to serve a warrant on a man for not registering as a sex offender.
"Subject resisted, pulled a knife, escaped from the officer and ran to his hotel room where he barricaded himself in," Sarabia said. "When officers went to serve the warrant, the suspect started shooting at the officers. One officer was shot and is in critical condition. The subject is in custody at this time."
A witness said the suspect was belligerent from the start.
"The cop walked up there said said 'hey, sir, stop'," the witness said. "The guy then reaches inside his shirt and pulls a knife about this long (indicating about a foot long). He said, 'hey man, don't mess with me, I'm not playing around, I'll stab you'.
"The officer was rushed by helicopter to a hospital in Austin, where he is listed in critical condition.