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October 15, 2013

Deputies hunt suspect after shots fired

PARKER COUNTY —

Authorities were still seeking a man in a northern Parker County neighborhood Monday night after he reportedly waved a gun during a traffic stop. 

The Parker County Sheriff's Office said 44-year-old Winford Raynard Watkins was stopped by a deputy before 2 p.m. after a check on a license plate showed as issue with the vehicle registration. 

Watkins, who has a lengthy criminal history, was reportedly absent from a trial in Collin County last month when he was found guilty of a burglary of a deceased man's residence and sentenced to 45 years in prison. 

Video of the confrontation Monday afternoon showed Watkins acting erratically, according to Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler, who said Watkins was at one point reported to be screaming "I'm not going back, I'm not going back." 

Watkins got out of the vehicle with a bunch of papers in his hand during the traffic stop and then pulled out what appeared to be a gun, according to Fowler, who said the deputy backed up and ordered the man to put the weapon down. 

Disregarding orders to put the gun down, Watkins began waving the weapon around, Fowler said. 

Watkins then got a lug wrench out of the vehicle and began beating on the window of the patrol vehicle, apparently unsuccessfully attempting to break the glass, Fowler said, adding that there was a loaded AR-15 on the seat of the patrol vehicle. 

The deputy again challenged Watkins but the suspect did not drop his gun, according to Fowler. 

The officer then reportedly fired his weapon. However, the sheriff's office believes the deputy missed because there was no evidence of blood in the vehicle, according to Fowler.  

Watkins led deputies on a short pursuit to the end of Cindy Lane, where deputies reportedly saw him bail out of the vehicle at the end of the cul-de-sac and head west into the trees. 

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