Officer involved shooting Monday morning.


Officer was dragged by suspect’s car

By Dan Pennington - dpennington@civitasmedia.com



Travis Heryla was arrested Monday morning after leading police officers on a chase that ended at Waco and Washington in Durant. He drug a police officer who was attempting to arrest him. Police fired into the vehicle to convince him to surrender. The officer sustained minor injuries.


Durant Police Dept. photo

An early morning situation near the Durant Intermediate School in Durant leaves one Durant police officer with minor injuries.

Durant Police and Southeastern Police were involved in chase that ended at the Intermediate School at approximately 2am Monday morning.

It all started when officers attempted to stop a vehicle in the 800 block of north Washington, near EZ Mart.

The suspect would not stop his vehicle for police as ordered.

Travis Heryla, the suspect, took off, with police in pursuit, eventually stopping near Washington and Waco, near the DISD building and Intermediate School in Durant.

Heryla then refused to exit the vehicle as directed by police.

When officers attempted to physically remove him from the vehicle, he locked the doors and rolled up the windows of his vehicle.

Officers then broke the drivers window with his nightstick and Officer Wes Crank attempted to remove Heryla by reaching inside.

The suspect then took off again with DPD officer Crank being drug by the suspect’s vehicle for over 30 feet.

Heryla’s vehicle passed over a speed bump and it dislodged DPD officer Crank and he fell from the driver’s door.

Another officer, Southeastern Police officer Scott Alexander shot his gun into the vehicle’s passenger side, which finally caused the suspect to stop.

Alexander thought it was possible that Crank was being run over, but he only had minor injuries.

The shot Alexander fired did not injure anyone but DPD officer Crank was taken to the Durant hospital for treatment of those minor injuries.

The incident is still under investigation with the suspect in jail.

Contact Dan Pennington at (580) 634-2162 or dpennington@civitasmedia.com

Travis Heryla was arrested Monday morning after leading police officers on a chase that ended at Waco and Washington in Durant. He drug a police officer who was attempting to arrest him. Police fired into the vehicle to convince him to surrender. The officer sustained minor injuries.
http://durantdemocrat.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/web1_travis-Heyrla-5.jpgTravis Heryla was arrested Monday morning after leading police officers on a chase that ended at Waco and Washington in Durant. He drug a police officer who was attempting to arrest him. Police fired into the vehicle to convince him to surrender. The officer sustained minor injuries. Durant Police Dept. photo
Officer was dragged by suspect’s car

By Dan Pennington

dpennington@civitasmedia.com

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