4.02.2009

Fox 4 News Coverage of Bridgeport Officer Fatality

I just caught part of their 6:00 o'clock coverage. Obviously, they'll have a complete story at 9:00. Their web coverage is here. Edit: Star-Telegram story now up. Edit: Channel 11 has a fast loading video.

67 comments:

Anonymous said...

If that's a mug shot of Stephen York after the incident, his pupils sure look like somethings up.

Anonymous said...

What condition is york in???

Anonymous said...

Broken leg on York.

Unattainable said...

Thanks for posting this. Must be hard for R.W's family to see though on the news as well.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure the York family is suffering too.

Anonymous said...

What a douche. Mommy and daddy must be real proud.

Anonymous said...

Does the capital part of the charge mean it's because he killed a police officer?

AConn said...

So, I think that I have read somewhere that a Capital Murder charge costs too much money for the county or state to convict someone of...? I dont really remember what it was. In this case do you believe that his charges will stand, or what?

Anonymous said...

What about the stolen SUV owners? Will their auto insurance have to kick in on this?

Also, did I hear somewhere that the keys were left in the vehicle? If that's true, isn't it also true that your auto insurance will not pay a theft case if the keys were left in the stolen vehicle?

Anonymous said...

York took a vehicle and killed a Police Sergeant with five years of service. This was no accident, this was murder. The city of Bridgeport has lost an outstanding man that gave his life doing his duty. York will pay for this act but Sergeant White's family will pay the real price.

Anonymous said...

How irresponsible to leave your keys in the car. It has always amazed me the people that leave their cars running while they go in to a store or something. The the Surburban owner hadn't left their keys in the car, this officer would still be alive.

Anonymous said...

hey 8:49, IF York hadn't broken the law and RUN...then rammed the vehicle he was driving into the officer's car, the officer would still be alive! Actually, if YORK hadn't stolen the vehicles ...there would have been no chase.
GET REAL!! Put the blame on the man who committed the crime.
You're a stupid moron!!

Anonymous said...

8:49, that's right. The owner of the stolen car should be arrested. Also, as we learned in Plano the other day...a law officer should NEVER enforce the law. Nothing good comes of it.

Anonymous said...

he's an arrogant looking sh*t isn't he?

Anonymous said...

There's a video on the Update now. Did anyone notice the speedometer on the Burb? The needle is on 100 mph.

Anonymous said...

8:49 Don't you dare do that!

Anonymous said...

seriously people? its not the SUV owners fault.how were they supposed to know that when they were just sittin there at their grandmother's house that a maniac was on the loose and was gonna steal their car while they were inside?

Anonymous said...

Also, if the police hadn't been chasing York, he'd still be alive.

Anonymous said...

9:12 LOL. He always was arrogant. Even in High School. What a shock to learn a popular kid turned out to be such a thug.

Anonymous said...

I think everyone needs to chill about the keys being left in the car. From what I understand the suburban was at a private residence in a very rural area on a very private road. Probably one of the safest places in all of Wise County to leave your keys in the car. It is not like this was in front of IGA.

The fact of the matter is this man stole a car and then killed someone with it. The day people start blaming victims is the day life becomes very sad for everyone.

This is a terrible thing and anyone who thinks there is anyone else to blame here except Stephen York is an idiot and needs to get their head out of their ass.

Anonymous said...

the car was in a rural area.... thats what makes living in wise county so great... you can leave keys in the car and leave the doors unlocked.... or at least i used to think that

Anonymous said...

Will the SUV owner's auto insurance have to pay damages?

spiritrider said...

who cares about the keys in the car if that is all you can see here then you need to o[pen your eyes! first and foremost bridgeport lost a great officer to the cold and caculated act of one man. i hope that every person reading this wil pray for the family of the officer as they will need it. we should all say a thank you to the officer as it could of been one of us there in the line of fire had he not been there watching out for us. a special and heart felt thank you goes out to the family of sgrt white you have given more than most for the saftey of the citzens of bridgeport.

Anonymous said...

I know not everybody here is "old skool Wise County" Barry, but a bunch of these folks need to know how sorry York was. He was a dopehead, we all know it, and this crap was bound to happen sooner or later. I am from Decatur but grew up with him and his sister, etc and everybody knows the deal on this guy.
He is crazier than a run over dog. Does anybody on here remember when he lived in 7 Wires? I went to some of those parties, and it was unreal.

Godspeed, Randy White

Anonymous said...

I thought a capital crime was one committed during the commission of another crime. In this case, I assumed it was because there'd been a hit and run and/or failure to stop prior to him hitting and killing Officer White.

Anonymous said...

9:23, How should out of control, dangerous, violent, methed up criminals that are in the process of comitting multiple felonies while in the act of endagering lives be apprehended?

Don't tarnish the extreme sacrifice that was made by second guessing the officers for doing their duty. But, I'll wait for what I'm sure will be a brilliant answer to my question.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe anyone is blaming the SUV owner. Seriously?? SERIOUSLY???

soz said...

sure sucks that when someone does something shitty we feel the need to trace it back to the "if only's..."...

okay, so if only the keys hadn't been in the suv. or if only his daddy hadn't beaten him. or if only he had had a better high school counselor to steer him in the right direction. whatever people.

my cousin missed out on raising both of his kids because he's a loser druggie (who was assaulted as a child by his grandfather). but, i don't blame my granddad for my cousin's crappy parenting skills. at some point, WE become responsible for our actions. WE are to blame.

this douchebag is the only one at fault for the death of this officer.

go ahead and cast the stone, losers. till you go to your mom's house with a car full of kids just to run in and out and think that for just a second it won't matter. don't blame someone who hasn't done anything wrong. the criminal in this case has clearly been identified.

Anonymous said...

OK, I have to ask. Was this York guy another one of our prior DA's oversights? How many more of them are there out here?

Anonymous said...

Let's get real people. Quit blaming the SUV driver. She probably arlready feels bad enough. We have probably all done that at least once in our lives. We feel safe in our small towns and never in a million years believe anything like this will ever happen to any of us. So blame the person who is really responsible "YORK!"

This guy has been the "Village Idiot" for a long time. I am embarrassed to say I am from Bridgeport now. Everybody probably thinks Bridgeport is full of thugs. York has been a loser for a long time. He was a loser in High School. He is nothing but a thug. We all knew this idiot was capable of doing anything, especially if he was high on who knows what!!! This could have all been prevented if he would have been locked up. This bastard has been given one to many chances and now look what he has done!!! And to find out that he intentionally hit the police officers car shows you what a sadistic bastard York really was. I personally hope he rots in jail for the rest of his life. I hope that everytime he gets sodomized in jail he things of what he has done!!

Quit blaming SUV driver and blame the real person at fault "YORK!"

Anonymous said...

Amen 12:13.

"The problem w/kids these days..." no one takes responsibility for their actions anymore - and the general public allows it - AND encourages it.

HE ran from the law. HE stole the SUV. HE drove dangerously. HE ran into the officer. The blame doesn't ned to be spread. HE is responsible.

Anonymous said...

10:30 So you don't think the police were --- out of control, dangerous, and violent, for chasing this guy?

And, this York character was for sure "methed up" as you put it because you did a drug test on him? The results are posted and public, right?

In the process of comitting multiple felonies while in the act of endagering lives to be apprehended? A hit and run, and stealing an SUV is more that two right?

In case you forgot, the police were endangering lives while trying to apprehend this guy too.

It's sad, nobody has a conscience anymore.

You would have caught him sooner or later anyway. Did I hear correctly that the police knew who he was when he was first spotted in the SUV?

Sgt. White nor his family deserved this. It clearly could have been avoided.

Anonymous said...

Get ready for the three ring show now that a cop was killed. Is he anymore than you or me when we die.

Anonymous said...

7:36 - that comment was unnecessary. Shame on you.

Anonymous said...

Could somebody post the police rules on chasing a suspect? From the looks of the speedometer in that SUV, speeds were at least 100 mph. I thought the police had to back off if speeds were that high.

Anonymous said...

Wonder what the response from the police would be if it had been an innocent bystander that was killed by a police car traveling at excessive speeds in a car chase.

Let me guess, they should have moved out of the way.

My sympathy's go out to the White family.

Anonymous said...

I taught with Missy about 5 years ago. We had MANY talks about our husbands (both ex-husbands now), and their drug problems. Meth is a scary, scary drug. Yes, Steven York should have been locked up long ago.
Pray for the White family, but please also keep Missy and her children in your prayers.

Anonymous said...

You know, it amazes me that anyone could possibly blame the owner of the SUV because they left their keys in the car. Get a freakin' grip, those people are not to blame. Yes, Stephen York and his drug problem is to blame. Does that make it any less tragic for any of the families? NO, it doesn't. York has had drug problems, but you know he has a family and they are also grieving because we love our family no matter what they do. My heart goes out to each and every family member on both sides. I especially feel deeply for the kids.

Anonymous said...

People never cease to amaze me. After reading all these intelligent comments like 8:49 I just wanted to scream. I know the people that own the suv. I can assure you that they didn't leave the keys in the car thinking I am gonna do this so some meth head S.O.B. can steal it and ruin lives. You have to be kidding me. He made the choice a long time ago. It is his fault, blame him.

Anonymous said...

For those who belive the officers were wrong to engage in a chase of York, I have questions.

York was involved in a hit and run-leading to the chase. Do you belive that had the officers not chased him he would have been a safe and responsible driver for the rest of the day?

If the officers had not chased him, and he continued the wreckless driving that caused the original hit and run, and he hit another vehicle and killed someone, would that be enough for you to want him chased?

If a drunk, or otherwise impaired, driver is careening down the road, bouncing off other vehicles like bumper cars, do you want him chased and stopped?

Anonymous said...

Adding gasoline to an already bad fire is never good.

Common sense should tell you that.

Rov said...

For one I think you are complete COWARDS for posting comments "ANONYMOUSLY" & after reading all of these comments, you people SERIOUSLY amaze me!!!

Long before Sgt. White was a police officer and long before he was born, God had his life planned out!!! Yes, it is VERY sad at how tragically it ended. BUT.....Regardless if someone left the keys in their car ON private property, this "person" who stole the vehicle WAS "running" & one way or another had EVERY intention of getting away or bringing someone down with him if he was caught!

AND to anon...6:36am..."In case you forgot, the police were endangering lives while trying to apprehend this guy too.

It's sad, nobody has a conscience anymore.

You would have caught him sooner or later anyway. Did I hear correctly that the police knew who he was when he was first spotted in the SUV?

Sgt. White nor his family deserved this. It clearly could have been avoided."

REALLY??????? So, an officer is just suppose to mosey on down the road while a "suspect" FLIES BY HIM @ 98mph????? The deputy was doing HIS JOB...hence the word "law ENFORCEMENT"!!!!!!

It AMAZES me at ALLLLL of the Negative comments made on this posting and other postings about the pursuit....NOW IF IT HAD BEEN ONE OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS....YOU WOULD WANT HIS NUTS ON A PLATTER!

I am a VERY PROUD wife of a VERY fine & Honorable WISE COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFF....and each and every day MY husband goes out to do what he loves, to protect and serve your A**ES...I pray EVERY DAY AND NIGHT for a hedge of protection around him. God already has in His plans when and how my husband is to leave this earth.
Until you "anonymous negative commenters" put on a badge and put your lives in danger each day.....READ Luke 6:41.

Anonymous said...

I would have been a bad cop and shut off York's air supply at the scene. It would have saved the taxpayers a lot of money and put some lawyers out of work. The money saved from not providing air-conditioned living space and food to the criminal could be redirected to provide support to the officer's family. Since he did not conveniently die at the scene I would like to turn the punishment due York over to a Muslim court.

Anonymous said...

I second the remark by 7:36. I'm sorry when ANYONE dies suddenly. I HATE the fact that when it's a police officer, it's supposed to be extra bad and make us all cry. ANY life is valuable. If you want to make such a big deal over a death, why don't you write all this crap when every other citizen of good ole Wise Co. kicks it? Are the cops any more valuable than the rest of us? They chose this profession; we didn't force them to do it.

Biff Tannen said...

Rov, you're not exactly laying yourself out there, either. No last name or email address. Pot, kettle. Plus, why are the wives so loud mouthed about their husband's chosen profession is? You don't wear a badge, he does. By your own rules, you shouldn't be talking, either.

Anonymous said...

AMEN 1:31

Anonymous said...

Hey Mrs. 11:58 do you need a tissue. My wife prays for me when I go to work too.

Anonymous said...

1:31, Yes, they CHOSE "this profession." And THANK GOD they do! What would our communities be without law enforcement? Maybe people liek you are the ones who would love that to be the case. This officer CHOSE to protect and to serve, each and every day of his profession. THAT is what makes this more tragic than the loss of those who live their lives without any regard to others. These officers put themselves between good and evil and will be there when they are called!! I APPRECIATE anyone who raises their hand and vows to protect and serve, whether it be their community or their country. This man is a hero! Until you put yourself on the line for others you will not die a hero's death.

Anonymous said...

So you are a hero to chase a man that you already know by name and has lived in Bridgeport all his life. Why not just wait until he goes home a pick him up then.
( the chase ) Its like a pack of dogs in a chase everybody get worked up and joins in and runs until they get what they are after.

Anonymous said...

2:43, perhaps you would have rather him slam into a bus full of kids. They were trying to STOP a man who had already run from a HIT AND RUN! What makes YOU so sure he wasn't going to cause MORE accidents....serious ones? Possibly the high probability that he would do just that is the reason they were trying to get him OFF the roads! Bet you that had he caused a serious accident after running from the hit and run, YOU would have been the first on this blog to say, "Where were the police? Why didn't they stop this fool?" Accurate!

Anonymous said...

2:43 -- You are proof right here in front of everyone that there is no cure for STUPID!

Anonymous said...

Barry dont you think enough is enough on the comments?

*shaking my head over the amount of disrespect for those who protect and serve*

Anonymous said...

Yes, let us stifle all comments that don't perfectly align with my own!

justyn said...

First off, my condolences to the White family, being a firefighter I pray for the protection of my brothers in the fire service, P.D, and the armed forces every night. I am one of the ones who raised his hand and consciously decided that this is what I wanted to do with my life. I seriously doubt that when officer White left for work yesterday he thought "Well, this is the day I'll leave my wife to raise my child by myself" That is the fear that everyone who wears a badge, or takes an oath swallows hard and stuffs down inside of them every day. Those of you who ask why is it such a "tradgedy" when an officer dies...well...it's because he took an oath to put himself between the citizens of Bridgeport and anything bad that may present a danger to it's citizens..i.e...drug dealers, crackheads, drunk drivers, murderers,..insert bad guy here..Hey 1:31, 1:54, 2:16, 2:43 who all posted "anonymously"..have you every had the balls to do that?? I would love to meet all of you personally and let you share your thoughts with his widow....SPINELESS is what you are!

Anonymous said...

I am especially heartbroken for all the children involved. Innocent children are now left without fathers. White had one child and York has 3. It is truly sad that the children are the ones that will suffer. White will deservingly be remembered as a hero. York will be remembered as a doper and a capital murderer. It is so sad for his children. Please watch what you say on here because his kids could see it. It's not their fault that he made bad choices. I understand everyone wanting to shame him. Realistically he is in the hospital and then will go to jail. He won't see your comments but his innocent family might. They don't deserve all the critism and hatred. His parents spent their lives trying to help him. His ex-wife and children are kind and compassionate people. They wouldn't wish harm on anyway. Please pray for all of the children involved.

Anonymous said...

Very well said 7:35 pm ...enough !

soz said...

735: you're right. i've been thinking about my earlier post all day and the fact that i poorly chose to reference York with a derogatory word. this is just a horribly sad and awful thing, as most horribly sad and awful things are.

and, to the couple of posters who have posited the question of "what makes a cop's life worth more than mine or yours" i'll just say that it's not. until they put on the badge they wear when they go to work wearing a gun to protect them (and you and me) from the people who may wind up killing us.

teachers, cops, and firefighters. the most underpaid professionals in the u.s. give them some respect already.

Anonymous said...

7:35 PM - Yes, the children suffer and deserve our prayers. As for trying to limit what we say on this open forum because of them, how about letting "parental control" work its wonders on that? Parental control might have worked on York at some early time in his life but it seems that the lack of it and bailing him out of scrapes with the law were also at fault here, i.e. parents.

What is posted here comes from human anguish and reality and reasons to live lives of responsibility for one's own actions. It is also one of sacrifice and danger faced each day by officers like White. Those are not difficult lessons for children and probably more necessary today than ever.

Yes, it is too bad that children have to learn from mistakes of their parents, that a stigma will follow them and that harsh judgment is represented in words here. Pray for their eyes and ears to be closed to it. Too late.
The damage is done.

Biff Tannen said...

Again, "justyn" your just as anonymous as them. No last name, no e-mail address, and not even a blogger profile. Seems like you're the one doing the avoiding, not them.

I know you're using a fake name. No parents would name their kid that.

justyn said...

Biff??Really?? Yes, thats my real name. I realize that it is just as anonymous as everyone else now...not a proffessional blogger...However, feel free to email me jbiscit@gmail.com. I don't understand people's disrespect and lack of compassion for people in public safety...especially when one dies in the line of duty. It's easy to sit behind your desk, eating cheetos, and comment on someones BLOG. It is a completely different thing to put yourself out there in harms way. Yes, we do get compensated, and yes, we could have chosen another line of work, but, if Sgt. White, myself, or other law enforcement and public safety officers had not taken the job....who would..you?? I doubt it. It takes someone who believes in something bigger than himself, who believes in self sacrifice, to take on that kind of responsibility. I don't expect you to understand that...just show some respect for the people who do!!

Anonymous said...

Let's focus on the real tragedy here. Sgt. White left behind a loving wife and daughter and many friends. He gave his life protecting the public. The same public as those of you who post some of these ignorant and insensitive comments. Sgt. White will be greatly missed by those of us who knew him. Remember to thank your protectors, Texas Law Enforcement Officers, whenever you see them. You truly do not realize what all they do and how often they put their lives on the line for you. Their families also sacrifice greatly.

SGT. WHITE, WE WILL MISS YOU GREATLY.

Anonymous said...

Justyn,
AMEN! I totally agree with you. I don't understand how folks can knock someone brave enough to risk their lives, sometimes for complete d.a.'s like on here. Sure the officers could have chosen different professions, but they are honorable enough to want to protect and help us ALL. I doubt that some of these jokers would risk their lives everyday for this community!
Our officers should be respected for doing the job they do, not ridaculed for it! All our officers are AWESOME!

Anonymous said...

Here's the difference between a cop being murdered and someone else being murdered: if someone can murder a cop, what's to keep him from coming after us next? Who's going to jump in and protect everyone then? I'm guessing 7:36 and the rest of the posters who think being murdered is part of a cop's job aren't going to rush in to help.

From all accounts Sgt. White was trying to protect people who weren't aware there was danger coming. Sounds like how most of us define hero. Hero's should be mourned.

Having said that, if you want to shed a tear for others who have died, then do so. I'll bet you can do it without running down your local law enforcement.

Anonymous said...

Just think 5:51, if Sgt. White's own department had just taken a moment while York visited them several times in a delirious state of mind to detain him, call his family or taken him to the hospital for observation he would still be alive.

Makes you wonder if someone drunk on vodka (no odor) came in with the same senerio. Would the police have let him back on the street too?

York is in NO WAY innocent in any of this. The point is some people need to get off their high horses and equally except blame.

Anonymous said...

That dude is going to be having NO fun in jail!

Anonymous said...

Sure 7:44! This is Mayberry and Otis the drunk can check in with the police any time for a clean bunk, sandwiches and coffee. The cops should never deny any dizzy, deranged, KNOWN JUNKIE all the ocnveniences of your twilight zone! Of course you are another zombie who thinks the police should never chase down a dangerous felon. I hope you are the victim of one someday.

Anonymous said...

PS to 3:26 PM -- If this was New York, he would never make it to jail, maybe not even to trial.