Texas Officer Barely Escapes With His Life After Violent Ambush

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Hate begets hate. It has always been that way, and it likely will always be this way. This emotion is a powerful, addictive thing, that can create the sort of chaos that we secretly love to watch villains wield in movies.

This week, the tension is buzzing between the average American and the police force that are sworn to serve and protect them, with the former growing ever more tired of how often the latter kills them.

The story of Duante Wright, killed by police in a Minneapolis suburb, has now fomented another cruel instance of hate, this time taking aim at law enforcement hundreds of miles away.

A man was captured in Texas Wednesday afternoon after he allegedly shot a police officer during an “ambush” at a traffic stop overnight, authorities said.

Jerry Don Elders, 39, allegedly fired multiple shots at Burleson police officer Joshua Lott when Lott approached Edlers’ car for an equipment violation around 4:15 a.m., Burleson Police Chief Billy Cordell said.

The officer is lucky to be alive.

Lott, who joined the department in 2017, is “alert” and last was listed in stable condition, Cordell said. Authorities believe he was shot three times.

“He had a through-and-through shot to his neck,” Cordell said at a Wednesday afternoon news conference. “It’s an amazing story. … It could have been a very different outcome.”

Elders was picked up by police in a wooded area after he escaped the scene of the shooting only to have his vehicle then catch on fire.

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