Name of suspect in officer-involved shooting is released


Anita Miller

The driver of a vehicle who was shot by authorities  earlier this week after refusing to pull over for a traffic stop has been identified as 43-year-old Richard Pollock of San Antonio.

Richard Pollock (HCSO booking photo)

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office said he was behind the wheel of an unidentified vehicle spotted speeding and weaving in and out of traffic in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35 on Monday, Oct. 19 near Buda. 

The vehicle fled when the deputy that spotted it attempted a traffic stop. Officers used unnamed mean to disable it on South Loop 4 near Interstate Drive just south of the Buda City Limits.

“Once the vehicle was stopped, the driver displayed a handgun and officers fired upon the suspect, striking him,” the HCSO said in a news release. “The suspect was transported and treated at an area hospital,” that news release went on to say.

In an update on Friday, Oct. 23, the HCSO said Pollock was released from the hospital Tuesday, Oct. 20 and transferred to Hays County Jail. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony, as well as evading arrest with a motor vehicle, a third degree felony, and unlawfully carrying a weapon, a Class A Misdemeanor. The news release did not specify what type of firearm Pollock was in possession of and whether he fired any shots. It also did not say which or how many officers fired their weapons. 

Pollock had no prior arrests in Hays County. He is being held under bonds totaling $115,000 set by Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Andrew Cable.

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