A Greenville woman is in the hospital after being shot by a police officer at the end of a chase on Wednesday.
She was the passenger in a vehicle police tried to stop in Greenville and was wanted for outstanding warrants.
Instead of pulling over, though, the man driving the car took off. The chase ended at 380 and Central Expressway in McKinney.
The man and woman in the car were determined to get away and get rid of items in that car. Two Greenville officers chasing them reportedly saw them throw a number of things out the window.
The 40-mile high speed chase involved four police departments. "We saw Leonard and Greenville and we're like, 'That started a long way away,'" said Troy Carroll, who witnessed the incident.
Manpower finally got the best of horsepower.
"It was real slow coming in," said Carroll. "We thought it was a funeral procession at first, with all the cop cars."
Through a flimsy chain link fence 30 feet away, Carroll and his demolition crew watched the suspects' red Nissan Altima limp to a stop next to a RaceTrac under construction.
"You could see the two tires blown out," said Carroll.
Greenville police say the female suspect had outstanding warrants, and when two officers tried to apprehend her, the driver took off, winding through the towns of Trenton and Leonard.
After spike strips punctured the tires and the chase ended, officers blocked the suspects' car, catching the woman and her accomplice.
"The driver...when they smashed out the window, they reached in and grabbed him and pulled him out and he yelled, 'I'm getting out, I'm getting out!' and they put him on the ground, cuffed him and put him in the car," said Carroll.
Carroll says he saw another officer with gun drawn approach the passenger side.
"We heard the gunshot and we all turned and went the other way," said Carroll.
Police say the 26-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.
"The irony was you saw on the console was he had a QT cup sitting in the console and it ended at a RaceTrac," said Carroll.
Police say the driver of the car, a 39-year-old man from Greenville, will be charged with evading arrest and unauthorized driving of a vehicle.
McKinney police told FOX 4 the officer who fired his service weapon worked for the Leonard Police Department.
Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting.
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