Conroe police arrest man accused of shooting at officer during traffic stop
Raymond Cole Lynch taken into custody
CONROE, Texas – A man accused of opening fire on a police officer during a traffic stop was arrested early Saturday.
The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said Raymond Cole Lynch was arrested just after midnight and was taken to the county jail.
He was wanted for aggravated assault for the shooting of a Conroe police officer who suffered minor injuries.
Conroe police said that around 4 a.m. on March 27, an officer pulled over a Lexus at I-45 and Gladstell Street. When the officer approached the vehicle, police said Lynch pulled out a gun and started shooting, police said.
The officer returned fire and made his way back to his patrol car, according to investigators.
There was no word on how many shots were fired, but a bullet hit the officer's flashlight. He was able to drive himself to a hospital.
"He was holding the flashlight and the round struck his flashlight but whatever hit the flashlight which is near the body the flashlight was struck, and that's why he thought he was shot," Conroe police Sgt. Jeff Smith said.
It is unclear if Lynch, 27, was hit before taking off in the Lexus.
Police said Lynch drove several miles to a remote, wooded area in Conroe, where he ditched and burned the car.
A security guard found the vehicle in flames on private oil fields, police said.
The officer told police he heard loud bangs before he found the car deep in the woods.
The officer's body cam captured an image of Lynch's face.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Conroe Police Department at 936-522-3200.
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