Seminole officer shot during traffic stop

Published: Oct. 1, 2022 at 1:05 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2022 at 7:00 PM CDT
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SEMINOLE, Texas (KCBD) - An officer is recovering and a suspect is in custody after a Seminole police officer exchanged fire with a suspect in a church parking lot on Saturday morning, according to the Seminole Sentinel.

You can hear what sounds like possible gunfire in this video captured by KCBD viewers.

The officer was conducting a traffic stop when the driver pulled into the parking lot of St. James Catholic Church around 10 a.m. Saturday morning. Police say the officer was approaching the vehicle when the suspect produced a handgun and began firing at him. The officer was hit but was able to move to cover and return fire.

The suspect got out of his vehicle and ran west, jumping a fence and dropping the gun. Police found him in the area of 800 NW I Avenue and took him into custody.

The officer was transported to Seminole Memorial hospital, where he was treated and released.

Police say the shooter has been identified as 27-year-old Ramon Castillo-Lopez, a Mexican national who was in the country illegally after being deported. He is charged with attempted capital murder, evading, and a class A warrant for possession of a controlled substance. Other charges may follow.

Ramon Castillo-Lopez, 27, a Mexican National, faces charges of attempted capital murder,...
Ramon Castillo-Lopez, 27, a Mexican National, faces charges of attempted capital murder, evading, and warrant for possession of controlled subtance. More charges are pending.(Gaines County Sheriff's Office)

The Texas Rangers have been called in to investigate the officer-involved shooting.