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Man charged in shooting of trooper after South Texas crash

April 7, 2019 GMT

EDINBURG, Texas (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected of shooting a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper as he investigated a vehicle collision in South Texas has been arrested after fleeing hours earlier.

DPS said Sunday that 24-year-old Victor Alejandro Godinez of Edinburg has been arraigned and charged with three counts of attempted capital murder of a peace officer.

Authorities said Sunday afternoon that Trooper Moises Sanchez remained in stable but critical condition after being shot Saturday evening in Edinburg.

DPS said a preliminary investigation showed that the trooper approached a crash where the driver fled on foot. The trooper then located the man believed to be the driver nearby and was shot. The suspect then fled again.

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Godinez was in jail Sunday on $3 million bond. An attorney wasn’t listed for him.