An Arlington man shot on Oct. 31 by an officer from the Terrell Police Department is still hospitalized at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, according to police.
Mac Arthur Degraffinried, 28, has been charged with burglary of a residence with intention to commit another felony, evading arrest with a vehicle and unauthorized possession of a weapon by a felon.
Degraffinried remains under 24-hour guard until he is released and transferred to another facility, according to TPD Capt. A.D. Sansom.
TPD, however, are refusing to release the name of the officer who shot Degraffinried — or the name of the officer involved in a shooting Oct. 23 — because of the “current climate” surrounding officer involved shootings and because the officer has a family.
Degraffinried was shot after trying to break into his estranged wife's home on Wall Street, according to Sansom.
Police had been looking for the man — who is not being identified until next of kin has been notified — since early Oct. 31.
He was taken to Baylor Hospital where he is being treated for his gunshot wounds.
Degraffinried, who is 6-feet, 5-inches tall and weighs 250 pounds, was conscious when he was taken from the scene at 300 Wall St. by CareFlite ambulance, according to Sansom.
“The Terrell police had been searching the city for this suspect for most of the wee hours this morning,” Sansom said in a press release. “Terrell police were notified the suspect was in the city of Terrell looking for his estranged wife, as well as threatening her, armed with a gun and very dangerous.”
Police also learned, according to Sansom, that the suspect was wanted by the Mansfield Police Department on felony warrants for second-degree sexual assault and third-degree aggravated assault/serious injuries to a family member two or three times in 12 months.
Bond for those charges was set at $130,000.
Sansom said police continued to look for Degraffinried through the early morning hours, and at about 7:25 .m., an off-duty officer that was aware of the search saw the suspect get into a vehicle, which was still parked in the area.
The off-duty officer used his radio to call in on-duty units to stop the suspect.
“As on-duty units attempted to stop him, he immediately fled police in the vehicle,” Sansom said in the press release. “Police pursued the suspect back to the 300 [block] of Wall Street where he bailed out of the car with a pistol in his hand.
“With police ordering him to drop the weapon and stop, the suspect ran to the back of the residence where his estranged wife was secluded and attempted to break-down the door to enter,” Sansom said. “A single Terrell police officer shot the suspect several times to prevent him from breaking into the residence and gaining access to the woman.”
Degraffinried, according to Sansom, was dealt with by TPD on Oct. 20 when he was allegedly stalking the estranged wife, who he believed was in Terrell.
During that investigation, Mansfield Police Department told TPD officers Degraffinried was wanted for hindering apprehension and cautioned them to use extreme caution because he is very dangerous, does not like police and is known to carry a weapon. Terrell police found and arrested him without incident.
Texas Rangers on Oct. 31 sealed Degraffinried’s vehicle, a Chevrolet SUV parked in front of his estranged wife’s home at 300 Wall St.
Some neighbors milled around nearby while troopers were mapping out the scene and shooting area.
A trooper also was looking for possible bullet holes in a tree, vehicles and a house across the street.
At least one bullet hole was found in the wall of a home behind he estranged wife’s house.
While the Texas Rangers and DPS are investigating the officer involved shooting, TPD is
Investigating the burglary with intent to commit other felony, evading arrest vehicle and stalking charges.
The police officer, an experienced TPD veteran, is being placed on routine administrative leave, according to Sansom.
No officers were injured as a result of this incident.
It was the second TPD officer involved shooting since Oct. 23.
The Texas Rangers are still investigating that incident.
Sgt. Lonny Haschel, a public information officer for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said Texas Rangers did not have any new information on Friday.
A Terrell police officer, who the Terrell Police Department will not identify, shot Philip Keith Purkey, 65, during a drug raid at about 3:35 p.m. Oct. 23 in the 15000 block of County Road 236.
Purkey was taken by CareFlite ambulance to Baylor Hospital of Dallas.
Justin Klae Purkey, 41, according to a Kaufman County Law Enforcement jail report, is being held in lieu of $325,000 surety bond.
He has been charged with manufacture/delivery of more than 4 grams but less than 200 grams of a controlled substance, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.
The incident began when the Terrell Police Department Street Narcotics Unit and the Terrell Police SWAT Team executed a narcotics search warrant at the Country Road 236 residence.
Police, according to Sansom, repeatedly knocked on the home’s door while announcing their presence and intentions.
Philip Keith Purkey, according to Sansom, threatened police with a .12-gauge shotgun and was shot.
The police officer that shot him is a 29-year-old, six-year veteran and is on routine administrative leave.
Sansom said Texas Rangers seized the shotgun used by the suspect while Terrell officers seized 1.1 grams of marijuana and 20.1 grams of methamphetamine.
No officers were injured during the incident.
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