Suspect arrested after shooting Bastrop sheriff’s deputy


Police arrested a man accused of shooting the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Deputy at a gas station Sunday night.

The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office said it arrested the suspect, identified as a 33-year-old man named Michael Stark, just after noon Monday.

Stark was arrested after allegedly shooting Deputy Sawyer Wilson three times – twice in the chest and once in the forearm – at a gas station on State Highway 95 on Sunday night.

Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook said Wilson remains in the hospital but is in stable condition thanks to his protective vest, although his forearm was broken during the altercation.

Police said two units responded to the LBA Market station at around 10:30 p.m. alleging criminal mischief involving a dark colored van with a mattress in the bed of the truck.

Wilson pulled up behind a pickup truck matching the description and spoke to Stark, who is wanted on a Bastrop County parole violation for a burglary conviction. That’s when Stark shot Wilson three times, according to the sheriff’s office. Wilson fought back, but it’s unclear if Stark was hurt.

Stark, who Cook said has been arrested more than 25 times, was found after an active search involving the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Austin Police Department.

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