Crystal Brown

cbrown@weatherforddemocrat.com

The Parker County Sheriff’s Deputy shot during an early morning attempt at serving an arrest warrant has been identified as PCSO Investigator and Special Operations Group member Cpl. Richard Crosley.

Crosley was shot in the leg, according to Sheriff Larry Fowler, after a suspect barricaded himself inside a shed around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday morning in the 3200 block of Oak Lane in the Greenwood community area. A press release from the PCSO Wednesday afternoon stated Crosley is in stable condition.

Thursday morning, word around the PCSO was that he was doing better, Deputy Danie Huffman said. Crosley is not expected to need surgery.

“He’s doing pretty good and we’re all praying for him,” Huffman said. “He’s a great deputy. I’m proud to have him as family.”

The Special Operations Group arrived on scene at approximately 12:20 a.m. Wednesday after Sheriff’s deputies found the suspect, Douglas Earl Fredenburg, barricaded in a storage shed. Fredenburg, a 50-year-old white male, had an arrest warrant for arson out of Parker County.

“Negotiations ensued and when officers attempted to enter the storage building, Fredenburg opened fire shooting through the door and striking Cpl. Crosley in the upper right thigh,” stated the press release. “Officers returned fire, striking the suspect three times.”

Both were transported by CareFlite — Crosley to Harris Methodist Hospital and Fredenburg to John Peter Smith Hospital. Fredenburg remains in a secure area of the hospital as of Thursday morning.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Cpl. Crosley and his family,” Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said. “Cpl. Crosley performed his duties admirably and we are thankful to him for his work. Law enforcement officers face hazards on a daily basis while working to protect and serve the public. We will be filing attempted capital murder charges against the suspect today. I have requested assistance from the Texas Rangers in handling the ensuing investigation.”

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