I grew up with a grandmother who always had her police scanner turned on. As an adult, I find myself doing the same thing; the staticky crackle is comforting background noise....most of the time.

Last Friday afternoon, I was at the office to finish paperwork and start the weekend. As usual, I had my police scanner on at low volume. Suddenly, something caught my ear.

A chase. A bona fide yipee-yi-yo-kay Texas police chase out of Hutchinson County.

Curious, I listened closer while still typing away on my keyboard.

From what I could piece together, a fella in Borger woke up feeling frisky that day. Armed with a gun, he had forced a woman into his truck and peeled off. Law enforcement were called and they quickly gave pursuit.

All my attention was now on the scanner, my paperwork could wait.

Officers with Borger Police Department were hot on the heels (wheels?) of the armed man's truck. The pursuit threaded through Fritch and seemed to be headed to Amarillo. Dispatch confirmed that Potter County deputies were on standby.

My mind turned to the poor lady who apparently had been taken along on this joyride against her will. How I would react if I was the one forced into a vehicle at gunpoint and then taken on a high-speed chase? I'd be scared to death.

That's when things took a turn.

"Someone got shot," crackled the scanner.

My stomach dropped.

"One in custody.....shot."

Oh no, that poor woman.

"....weapon discharged......male in custody.....tourniquet applied.....took weapon...shot him in leg...."

My jaw dropped. As I sat there in a moment of stunned silence, I realized it was foolish of me to forget that the woman forced into the truck at gunpoint was from a small town in the Texas Panhandle.

See, the thing about women from small Texas towns? They tend to know their way around a gun....and they're not afraid to fight back.

Now, what I heard on the police scanner may not be the whole, complete story. So take all this with a grain of salt. As you can see in the post from Eagle Press, BPD Police Chief Donnie Davis was very careful in his phrasing of what transpired inside the truck.

A little bird told me who the suspect was and confirmed the details I had on hand. But because Chief Davis hasn't released the suspect's name and charges--nor has the Hutchinson County jail roster been updated since November 12th--the tale will have to end here.

In conclusion, the moral of the story is:

Don't mess with a Texas Belle, she might shoot ya.

The Charm of Main Street and Downtown Borger, Texas

This once-lawless Wild West boomtown is now a quiet town of 13,000 nestled in the Texas Panhandle. Located 40 miles north of Amarillo and 13 miles from Lake Meredith, the city of Borger is your typical small town. Friendly faces and warm greetings will surround you as you stroll down Borger's Main Street--a trip we highly recommend you take at least once in your life time.

Gallery Credit: Sarah Clark

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