Texas Police Officers Fire Back Armed Suspect Arrested After Drone-assisted Manhunt

Texas Police Officers Fire Back: Armed Suspect Arrested After Drone-assisted Manhunt

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – On Tuesday, May 21, a routine traffic stop turned into a drone-assisted manhunt after the passenger in the vehicle fired at a deputy and escaped on foot. The suspect, 19-year-old Jeremy Hebert of Palestine, Texas, was later shot and apprehended in a nearby area.

The incident occurred around 8:20 a.m. at the Fuel Max on the corner of Valley Ranch Pkwy. and Azalea Blvd. in Porter, Texas. During the stop, the Montgomery County Precinct 4 deputy learned that Hebert had an outstanding class C warrant in Montgomery County for Failing to Stop or Remain Stopped, as well as a warrant in Louisiana for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, all of which required full extradition.

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When requested to exit the vehicle, Hebert fired a shot at the deputy before fleeing into the nearby Valley Ranch subdivision. Several authorities responded to construct a perimeter. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office SWAT and Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office drone pilots joined the hunt, flying a drone called “Eagle 4.”

The drone pilot saw Hebert hidden in a backyard on American Yellowwood Place. This protected deputies from going into a possible trap. When approached, Hebert raised his weapon, and two Precinct 4 Deputies fired, ending the threat. Hebert was immediately given life-saving procedures and taken to a nearby hospital, where he is now in stable condition.

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Hebert is charged with three second-degree felony counts of Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer with a Deadly Weapon, as well as misdemeanors of Evading on Foot and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon. His current bail amount is $227,000.

Sarah Frame, 28, of Conroe, Texas, was charged with a third-degree felony Possession of a Controlled Substance and two misdemeanor possession offenses. She faces a total bond of $4,500.

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and the Texas Rangers are presently investigating the event. Constable Hayden thanked the responding agencies for their help and praised the drone pilot for their quick thinking and skilled operation of “Eagle 4,” which saved further harm to the deputies.

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