Denton police officer remains in critical but stable condition

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Urbano Rodriguez (Photo: Denton Police Department)

The Denton police officer who was shot early this week during a traffic stop remains in critical but stable condition Thursday after having two surgeries.

Just after midnight on Tuesday morning, Officer Urbano Rodriguez Jr. conducted a traffic stop in the 1800 block of West University Drive for a vehicle equipment violation. Someone in the suspect vehicle shot at him, and the backup officer, Randy Cole, returned fire, according to the Denton Police Department.

The suspect vehicle was later located by police in Carrollton and Farmers Branch, and after a pursuit, the two suspects were apprehended and taken to a nearby hospital with gunshot wounds to their arms, according to Denton police.

Rodriguez was rushed to the hospital with two gunshot wounds, one to the head and one to the femur. He has undergone two successful surgeries and remains in critical but stable condition, according to Denton police.

The 100 Club of Denton is coordinating all donations for Officer Rodriguez and his family. Click here to donate.

Antwon Pinkston and Michele Stacey

The suspects have been identified as 33-year-old Antwon Pinkston of Fort Worth and 44-year-old Michele Stacey of Denton. They were medically cleared and taken to Denton County Jail, where Pinkston was charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer and his bail set at $5 million. Stacey was held on a parole violation.

The Texas Rangers are leading the investigation, with the assistance of the Denton police Major Crimes Unit.

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  1. Bob Weir
    Bob Weir

    This is another example of the hazardous job performed by cops every day across the country. What may appear as a simple traffic stop can turn into a deadly shootout in a matter of seconds. The driver and passengers of the car pulled over may be violent criminals desperate enough to shoot a cop, rather than be identified. The desperate criminal inside the vehicle knows exactly what he/she is going to do when the officer approaches the vehicle. The cop, on the other hand, may have no idea of what he’s facing. In this case, Officer Rodriguez was the unsuspecting victim of a couple of lowlife thugs. We pray for his speedy recovery from those life-threatening bullet wounds. Thanks to Officer Cole, the two thugs were shot as they sped away from the scene and ultimately captured. By the way, Stacey, who drove the getaway car, should be tried for acting in concert with the gunman, which means she’s as guilty of the attempted murder of a police officer as Pinkston is.

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