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Police identify Waco officer run down by drug suspect
WACO, Texas (KWTX) Police Wednesday identified the officer who was seriously injured when he was run down by and pinned under an SUV driven by a drug suspect as William Graeber, an 8 year veteran of the Waco Police Department.
Kerry Bradley in a 2016 booking photo. (File)
He joined the department in July 2009 and has been a member of the department’s SWAT team for five years.
“I spoke with his wife this morning and she wanted me to relay the following,” Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.
“She has been overwhelmed by the prayers, concerns, and thoughts from our entire community. She has asked for continued prayers for her husband. She has also asked for the continued prayers for the family of the suspect that was involved in yesterday’s incident,” he said.
Graeber suffered three broken ribs, a broken pelvis, a broken collarbone, a collapsed lung, a concussion and burns to his arm, Swanton said.
He was intubated Tuesday and a chest tube was implanted.
The breathing tube was removed Wednesday morning and Graeber is now breathing on his own, Swanton said.
Earlier Wednesday identified the man who was shot to death after running Graeber down as Kerry Demars Bradley, 37 of Waco.
The officer was critically injured, but is expected to recover.
A law enforcement source says Bradley had a lengthy criminal record.
His criminal history includes several convictions for evading arrest as well as for possession of a controlled substance and assault on a family member, according to online records.
He was the registered owner of the SUV on which SWAT team and drug enforcement officers were attempting to serve a warrant just after 10 a.m. Tuesday on Olive Street in North Waco when the incident occurred, Swanton said.
The officer was walking toward the SUV after a traffic stop at North 23rd Street and Olive Avenue when the driver ran him down.
The officer ended up pinned beneath the SUV, he said.
The officer's uniform got caught and started to wrap up in the SUV's drivetrain, he said.
Other officers opened fire on the suspect.
Witnesses said officers fired 20 to 30 shots at the SUV, but a law enforcement source said no more than about 15 shots were fired.
"Once the suspect was removed and secured from his vehicle, the additional responding officers had to cut the officer's uniform from the drivetrain of the vehicle and then several officers physically lifted the GMC Yukon off of the officer so they could tend to him medically," Swanton said.
The officer was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center with severe head injuries and was in emergency surgery late Tuesday morning, Swanton said.
He was in critical, but stable condition and his family was with him, Swanton said.
He was conscious and talking to his surgeon, Swanton said.
“He’s got a long road to haul," he said.
“He has multiple fractures, multiple injuries and will be recovering for quite some time.”
The suspect was shot repeatedly and suffered several gunshot wounds to the head.
Paramedics were performing CPR as they transported the suspect to Hillcrest, where he died.
“The suspect made the decision to run our officer down,” Swanton said.
“That is an attempted capital murder.”
“To the family of that suspect, we are sorry for your loss.”
Olive was blocked off between North 22nd and North 24th Streets and North 23rd street was closed to traffic in the area as well after the incident.
The white GMC Yukon the suspect was driving remained stopped in the street with several bullet holes in its windshield.
The suspect, police said, lives in the neighborhood in which the incident occurred.
Texas Rangers will join the investigation of the shooting.
(Paul Gately, Randy Davis, John Carroll, Neal Klaeser, Ke'Sha Lopez and Rissa Shaw contributed to this story)