Suspect Posts Video on Facebook Saying Police Shot Him in Texas

A man in Sweetwater, Texas, took to Facebook at around 10:00 a.m. local time Thursday to say he had been shot by police during a traffic stop.

Police later identified the man as James Hearin, who remains at large.

Hearin, 41, made the video shortly after the shooting incident. He says in the Facebook Live video that police shot him when he refused to open his door or window after being pulled over for a traffic stop.

The suspect said said he suffered gunshot wounds in the stomach and arm.

"I'm scared to death," Hearin can be heard saying in the video. "I don't know why they were shooting at me."

He also admits to being a felon in the recording, and says: "But I hadn't done anything wrong."

Local news outlets KTAB and KRBC reported hearing police scanner messages about the shooting and that a suspect had fled the scene in his pickup truck. The stations indicated the scanner transmissions said his truck had several bullet holes on the left side from the incident.

KRBC News included the video Hearin posted on Facebook on its website, as seen in the clip of an embedded tweet below.

WARNING: The video is graphic in nature and shows Hearin's wounds.

VIDEO: Sweetwater man goes on FB after getting shot by police. ""I'm scared to death."

Watch here: https://t.co/H2u7dNMDl2

— KRBC News (@KRBCnews) April 15, 2021

When contacted by Newsweek, the Sweetwater Police Department provided a press release that confirmed Hearin's name and details of the incident. It noted that at approximately 9:00 a.m. CDT, an officer pulled over Hearin in the 800 block of Hill Street of Sweetwater, a city in the central area of Texas, located about 236 miles southeast of Amarillo and 181 miles west of Fort Worth.

The police statement also detailed that Hearin was found to have an active warrant out of the 32nd Judicial District Court for the offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, as well as a warrant from the State of Texas Board of Pardon and Parole. According to the Texas Penal Code, Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 includes such drugs as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and ketamine.

"Circumstances around the traffic stop and an escalation of the situation resulted in an officer discharging his firearm," according to the Sweetwater Police Department release, which also stated: "Hearin fled the scene, resulting in a high-speed pursuit throughout Nolan County."

The department also said Hearin remains at large and possibly injured.

Anyone with information on his location is asked to contact the Sweetwater Police Department at 325-236-6686 or Nolan County Crime Stoppers at 325-235-TIPS.

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