A Wilbarger County Grand Jury cleared two Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers of any wrongdoing in a fatal shooting after a lengthy high-speed chase through Texoma.
46th District Attorney Staley Heatly said those troopers actions likely saved the life of the woman that had been kidnapped in Norman, Okla. and was stabbed 13 times.
The victim, Kaylea Butts is recovering from the wounds inflicted by her boyfriend, Anthony Lamar Carter.
Heatly said if the troopers had arrived just a few seconds later, she probably would not have survived. He said trooper Curtis West successfully deployed spikes that brought Carter’s car to a halt just east of Vernon.
Several previous attempts to lay down spikes had been made during the chase that began when Burkburnett officers spotted the suspect’s vehicle.
Carter continued west at speeds up to 150 miles-per-hour.
When the car stopped, Butts got out and ran but was tackled by Carter and he began stabbing her.
Two of the pursuing troopers got out and shot Carter several times as he was stabbing Cutts, then began providing first aid to her.
Texas Rangers investigated the shooting.