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4.02.2009

Edit on Title: Confirmation Of Bridgeport Officer Killed In Car Chase

Looks like we may have a big wreck at 114 and 2123 in Bridgeport. Possible cop car involved (uncomfirmed.) The JP has been called to the scene. That's a bad sign. Picture from Google Streeview. Developing... (Thanks emailer.) EDIT: I have a report from someone I trust that a Bridgeport Officer has been killed. Edit: Confirmed on officer death. The man in the other vehicle, who was allegedly in the process of stealing a car, is a Bridgeport man and unharmed. Edit: Suspect has been named as Stephen York. Edit: Basic facts appear to be this. It began as a hit and run on 380 between Bridgeport and Decatur with York fleeing back to Decatur with DPS and Decatur PD in pursuit. York (and this part is a little sketchy) dumps the vehicle and jumps some fences and is able to steal a car. He then headed down 51 south and onto 114 and then back into Bridgeport. Once he got into Bridgeport, the officer had was "off to the side" of the road. I've had two or three reports that it looked like York "veered" into the officer. Edit: Fox 4 had a helicopter video on its 6:00 news. Lari Barager reporting. I'll try to upload it later this evening.

73 comments:

Anonymous said...

From the Mess.....I'm probably not the first to post from the update, but......

"BREAKING NEWS" BAD ACCIDENT There has been a major accident at Farm Road 2123 and Texas 114 involving a sheriff's deputy, a Bridgeport police officer and the suspect of a car robbery. Law enforcement on-scene have called for lanes of Texas 114 to be shut down, for an ambulance helicopter and for a Justice of the Peace. We will keep you updated as information becomes available."

Anonymous said...

Praying for all involved. Please let us know if anyone has any info! I have a good friend that is on the SD.

Anonymous said...

I just drove by and saw a Bridgeport Police Car completely crushed. Two other cars involved, one SUV, one 1-ton flatbed pickup. Hard to tell what happened by the wreckage.

Anonymous said...

This may be the guy the were all chasing whe jumped a fence off of 287 just south of Decatur and headed into the fields. Cop cars everywhere were looking for him it seemed like.

Unattainable said...

Yes, the BP officer was killed instantly. May he rest in peace...

Anonymous said...

i drove up just as patrol cars were arriving, it looked really bad from where i was, terrible thing to happen.

Barry Green said...

There was a comment suggesting that car chases weren't worth it but it also was critical of law enforcement. I deleted it.

Let's show a little respect. I'm not sure I remember the last time an officer in Wise County was killed in the line of duty.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Barry. I agree with your comment.

I know you will release his name when it is proper to do so.

God Bless his soul.

Anonymous said...

thanks barry!

Anonymous said...

good call BG

Anonymous said...

May he rest in peace and lets all pray for his family and for everyone involved. So so sad . . . :(

Unattainable said...

Thank you for standing up for our
Law Enforcement! I have many friends and and ex-husband in Wise County. Small County or not, these sorts of things shouldn't happen to those who "SERVE AND PROTECT"!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Barry for deleting that. We should show respect to the officer not start a debate on weather or not the officer was correct in chasing the subject. The men and women put there lives out there everyday to keep subjects like this from hurting others. May god be with his family and friends as they go through this difficult time.

Anonymous said...

I was south of Paradise, North bound, on my way back home to Runaway Bay, when a 2 tone, Blue SUV, and a Sheriff who was following him came flying by me!

Just a moment later a Sheriff - "interceptor' came SCREAMING by me -

myself and all the drivers were on the shoulder of the road and anticipating that there would be more!

We were right! Highway Patrol, and Sheriff officers were on duty!

When I came up on the intersection of Country Club and 114, I could see the wreck to some degree. People everywhere coming to help and to just see what was happening. Several drivers, including myself, turned around and headed back to Paradise to cut over to Decature to resume our way home.

Bet I counted 3 more Sheriff cars and 3 Highway Patrol cars head towards the scene. Im SO sorry to hear of an officers death.

First time Ive ever been involved in watching a 'runner.' SOB!... and now I found out that a police officer lost his life to this piece of crap?.....

Wheres my S&W. M&P.40 cal!?...

Anonymous said...

Police chases are worth it! Other people could have been killed also.

Anonymous said...

We are praying for his family and friends.
He was a wonderful person and will be remembered.

Anonymous said...

Barry, please approve all comments before they are posted. We dont need any more comments like the one you deleted.

Anonymous said...

Sheesh 4:40. It's whether, not weather. I so wish the people of Wise Co. would learn to spell. Makes us all look ignorant. When you become a police officer, isn't that a risk you take on, that you might be killed or injured? Not a surprise, but too bad.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Barry.

Our thoughts and prayers are with this officer's family.

Anonymous said...

May the officer Rest in Peace, and may the Lord shine down and comfort his grieving family.


P.S. thanks Barry for deleting an idiots senseless antics

Anonymous said...

He was a wonderful, funny, family man that adored his young wife and child. The Bridgeport Police department is devastated and asks for your prayers.

Anonymous said...

'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

Anonymous said...

The blog today is an excellent example of why newspapers are going out of business, cutting staff, filing bankruptcy all around the country.

Most of them just can react as quickly to today's events. They are wwwaaaaayyyyy behind the curve on adapting to technology and the way it has changed the presentation of news.

Nothing personal WCM. This wasn't about you or meant at a swipe at you.

God bless the officer's family and loved ones.

Anonymous said...

Edit the above post to "cannot react".

Anonymous said...

4:52 you are sorry. You are probably one of those people who call law enforcement when your neighbor plays his music too loud, because your too much of a coward to go tell him to turn it down yourself. If your in law enforcment, you understand the risk, but cowards like you dont respect the fact we are willing to lay down our lives. You just feel free to pop off with lame comments about the loss of life, of a true hero.

Anonymous said...

I'm still thinking this is the same vehicle that jumped a fence right after passing the last cement plant and just before the motorcylcle shop. If so then we are still missing a few details. I'm sure they will come out eventually.

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to the Family of the fallen officer. To the family of the man that reportedly was stealing a car, what happened in his life to make him resort to crime?? Let's pray for the officers family!!! Wise County is a great place to live, and all officers that protect us should be commended. I was married to a Decatur Police officer and sometimes they do not receive the respect they deserve.

Anonymous said...

4:52 you are D.A. and I am not talking about an attorney. Yes they do put there lives on the line willingly but that does not make it any less of a "surprise" or sacrifice. What an arse you are showing yourself to be! And maybe the misspelling is due to the fact that people are shaken by this and not thinking about symatics....

Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and thank him for the ultimate sacrifice.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't this be the appropriate time to show consideration to the fallen officer, his family, the Bport Police Dept, and all law enforcement officers instead of trying to key in on misspelled words, and name calling?

Our prayers are with this officers family and law enforcement officers of Wise County.

Anonymous said...

So sad. Officer just doing his job and it cost him his precious life......and his family and friends must deal with the pain.

God be with all.

Anonymous said...

pics of the accident are on the messenger/update website

Anonymous said...

Prayers from Ft Worth.

I'm just looking at pictures but is that the corner where Jesse Kwiatowski lost his life as well?

Anonymous said...

Why wont U post the fallen officers name???

How exactly is it disrespectful b/c im sure that will be your answer???

Anonymous said...

Our law enforcement are grossly underpaid for the job that they have to do, how many of us truly have a "life threatning" job. This morning I'm sure he kissed his wife and child and told them I'll see you this evening, and it will never happen. Please pray for his family maybe they will find some comfort. Let us all remember that each day we are able to get up and later return to bed is truly a gift from God. Take that extra moment to kiss your spouse and hug your kids because you just never know when the end may come.

Truly saddened and heart broken in northern Wise County

Chris said...

Heart felt prayers and thoughts going to the family members and the police dept. Coming from a law enforcement family, it's never easy to have such a loss. Makes one wonder about their own 'book of life'.

God's Blessing to all,
Chris
MN

Anonymous said...

God Bless the Bridgeport officers and Chief Singleton for having to endure this for the next 3 days. This will be tough for them, Decatur, DPS and other departments will patrol tonight and tommorrow while all personnel take off and recover from the shock. 12 years bleeding blue and nine years as lead supervisor for a Wise County Department this was what I always feared for the ones that stand bold. Our blood line is with u BPD, get this weekend behind u and go to work, the mind will slowly let u concentrate on the job again. Your Community is behind you, they will feel the grief too, this memory will last 4-ever.

Anonymous said...

Barry, I'm new to the blog n enjoy it very much. Heard about the accident @ school so Icame home to get more info. Man, sad, so sad.

Anonymous said...

5:42

The family needs to be notified before any names show up here.

Learn some respect.

Anonymous said...

5:07, people who play their music too loud are breaking the law. Why should a citizen be the one to confront them? Maybe you think citizens should have also been involved in this chase? Get your head on straight! You break the law, officers will respond.

I'm so very very sorry that we have had to lose a fine officer! God be with his family and help them through this terrible crisis!

Barry, I believe the last officer lost on duty was Officer Bennett. I believe his son is now in law or is a fire fighter - Deroy Bennett. Officer Bennett was shot by a jerk who he had stopped for a traffic violation. That was several years back.

Anonymous said...

WOW. What the heck happened to Steven York? Since when did he turn into this type of person? I remember him from high school days while roaming the streets of Bridgeport.

Am I understanding correctly. The officer was just sitting on the side of the road and got hit?

I don't care what anyone says. This could have been avoided if the other officers would not have been chasing this guy.

Anonymous said...

Many prayers for the family and other officers. :(

Anonymous said...

The officers name is posted at the update website.

Anonymous said...

So far, everyone I have asked, young and old, can only remember one other police officer losing his life in the line of duty--Decatur Police Officer Bennett. I feel so sad for Sgt. White's family and friends.

Anonymous said...

Oh Almighty God
whose great power and eternal wisdom embraces the universe.
Watch over all policemen and law enforcement officers.

Father in Heaven please give them the strength, courage and perseverance to endure

The unjust condemnation, danger, and physical abuse to which they are at times subjected.
We recommend them to your loving care because their duty is dangerous.
Dear God, grant these brave men your almighty protection,
Unite them safely with their families after duty has ended.

Amen

Bigwillie02 said...

I was just told that the Bport officer was trying to stop traffic and clear the way for the suspect and the other officers. He was sitting in his car when the suspect approached and had plenty of room to pass but an eye witness saw the suspect turn his wheels into the police officers car. If it hadnt been for his heroic efforts clearing the way there might have been more collisions. My thought and prayers go out to the family and the Bport P.D.

Anonymous said...

BETCHA Meth was involved!!

Anonymous said...

6:11

It did not take THAT long b/c the family needed to be notified.

No one had the BALLS to post it first!!!

Once the TV said his name then the update posted it!!!

Steven Yorks name was thrown out there, is that RESPECTFUL since thats ur argument???

Anonymous said...

So sad, prayers to all concerned.

There was another line of duty death, Deputy Joseph Brown was shot and killed in 1933.

Anonymous said...

Sgt. White was an incredible person to know and a fine police officer. My prayers go out to his family on this tragedy.

Anonymous said...

BG

you let a post go threw that says YOU have no BALLS

...BREAKING NEWS...

Is it TRUE???

Anonymous said...

Wasnt Stephen York a sex offender or was it a different York??

Anonymous said...

Stephen York... did he used to go by Larry York??

Kat said...

Ugh, what horrible news. My family will pray for those he left behind.

I hope his family and fellow officers throughout the entire area will receive the thoughts, prayers and love needed very badly not just today or a week from now, but always.

Anonymous said...

0648: Well said...

Anonymous said...

Wow, we're sensitive when it's close to home, but damn whomever if it's close to someone else's home.

Anonymous said...

Have known Stephen since child hood.He could be the best hand on the job and as nice a person as one would like but he would never stay off dope very long. His familyIs very used to his screw ups.That don'tmake it their fault. He had a wonderfull wife and children once;maybe they can really go on their life now.They deserve our best thoughts.He deserves none.Just one of Wise countys meth heads that will finally be where he can't hurt or kill again;or disapoint his family.Pray for the officer'family. DAGO

Anonymous said...

Rest In Peace Brother White. We will miss you greatly but you are in a much better place now. My thoughts and Prayers are with your family and all of my fellow Wise County Officers.

Anonymous said...

6:18, The brave officer died doing what they sign on to do, serve and protect. I am forever grateful to the officer for serving our community, and protecting me and my family.

How dangerous would our socitey be if officers did not chase and attempt to aprehend dangerous criminals? A no chase policy would open the door for every person that is in the process of being arrested or aprehended to flee.

I grew up fearing that my father, who was a police officer in a much larger and dangerous city than B'port, would be hurt or killed. He explained to us that he had a job to do that helped us all be able to live in peace. That included chasing dangerous criminals. So, blaming other officers who are grief striken is not only absurd, but cruel.

soz said...

9:09

you're the first person to mention the other people who will have to live with this guy's screw up for the rest of their lives. sobering words.

god bless everyone hurt by this crappy chain of events.

Anonymous said...

Randy, there are no words, only tears, we'll miss you.

WISE COUNTY DISPATCHER said...

thoughts and prayers for the White family and for all my fellow officers in Bridgeport,Dps,Decatur and Wise County. I LOVE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU.

Anonymous said...

and i bet you will/would try your best to get him off. who cares about the dashcams, witnesses and all the others involved. who cares that york was a no good meth monkey who is better of where he is now, HELL. i can never understand how you lawyers always look to get the offenders off any way you can. barry will you please tell us how a man can sleep at night knowing that you just let a killer, dwi, child molester etc off. oh i am sure you wont let this post go through. that is how you always do when people say things you dont like. go on an cry about how the police are such bad guys. dont you ever forget, any of you, WE are the first ones to be called when you need help. you cant because you are scared. you call US to face the danger and WE do with pride.

Anonymous said...

I kissed my Bridgeport Police Officer goodbye this morning and then prayed for his safe return.

You would think I'd do that daily...but I don't...or, I didn't...until we lost one of our own.

Demotivator said...

All you people need to get the facts straight before commenting negatively about Sergeant White. He was a Hero keeping other motorists safe when he was hit. There were no traffic stops, no citations, he had the truck pulled over to keep him from getting hit, and it cost him his life. Quit you bitching and Nagging, Feel blessed that we have officers around here that actually give a Damn about our well being. Sergeant White Should be commended for his actions, not argued about. A true hero. Officer Down: Sergeant Randy White Bridgeport police department. End of Watch: Thursday April 2, 2009. Godspeed Randy We'll miss you. Thanks for everything.

Anonymous said...

No more Barry's blog for me; I'm done. All you sensitive crying lame twits make me sick. Life is hard; people die, people live. That's life. This blog gets me so riled up at all the bleeding hearts and ignoramuses out there who are illiterate that I'm done.

Anonymous said...

DEMO, I think you need to get the facts straight too. Sgt. White is not the one who being blamed for anything. It's the officer's that were chasing a well known fool to cause him to go excessive speeds.

Anonymous said...

9:31.....Good riddance.

Anonymous said...

Agreed, 9:31 Good riddance. If it gets you riled up, then haul your ass somewhere else, buddy!

Anonymous said...

Why does it matter to everyone more when a cop dies than when the rest of us do? That's my question. What makes them more valuable? nothing

Anonymous said...

1:33 PM -- Answer: It makes them more valuable than a worthless GD coward like you are. Of course you wouldn't know the difference.

It doesn't seem to be balanced justice to know that the end awaiting this murdering junkie is by a lethal injection of drugs. For special cases like this one, hanging should have a reserved place.

Anonymous said...

2:32 I was told that when they re-wrote the death penalty they put the hanging law to the side but never threw it out when they added the leathal injection. That is in the State of Texas.. So If that is true why don't we use it in cases like this one. If we did use the old law don't you know the tax payers would be saving money..

Anonymous said...

I can't get over the posts of the brain dead religious zealots who use God as an excuse for and cause of EVERYTHING! Do you really believe that at the time Sgt. White was born, God set up his demise under the nfinite circumstances of yesterday and that God also created a lifelong worthless durg abuser, caused him to wreck his own car, steal another and carry out God's will by killing White? What kind of miserable, monochrome padded cells do you people come from?

Anonymous said...

Crazy ass cops usually kill some innocent bystander in their brainless chases through the city streets.