People are already posting "Get Well" messages on Deputy James Boyd's Facebook page.
Boyd is out of surgery recovering at Harris Methodist Medical Center in Fort Worth.
James Boyd was shot twice in the chest and once in the head. He's out of surgery and in serious condition. He's expected to make a full recovery.
His family and his boss, Montage County Sheriff Paul Cunningham all visited him at the hospital.
The 27-year-old deputy has been on the force for three years.
At 11:00 a.m. Thursday morning, he was working on a special crimes detail looking for cars that might be trafficking drugs through Texas along Highway 287.
Officials said James Boyd pulled over a Cadillac outside Bowie, driven by 28-year-old Evan Spencer Ebel. As Deputy Boyd approached the car, Ebel opened fire.
"Obviously it's always the duty that the officers do is to go out and we face danger all the time," said Sheriff David Walker of Wise County.
Boyd was able to radio for help. Deputies said they found him lying next to his patrol car.
Authorities from both Montague and Wise counties acknowledge the bloodshed could've been much worse.
"When you have somebody that has a total disregard of life obviously shooting at a trooper I mean shooting a Montague County Deputy, you know he has no regard for life and that's something we take into consideration during the pursuit and the threat to the public," said Wise County Sheriff David Walker.
Authorities said the Cadillac does match the description of the car involved in the Colorado prison director's murder.
Friends posted on Boyd's Facebook page as word began to spread about the chase and subsequent shootouts.
Joey Kittrell wrote, "James Boyd, I hope you pull through man. So sad that there's scum out there that would do such a thing."
Jennifer Ann Choina posted, "My prayers are with Officer James Boyd and his family. I truly appreciate all of our law enforcement and all they do to keep our streets safe."
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