Big Thicket Messenger - August 2007
A fund has been established for the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s deputy who was seriously injured following an altercation with a suspect he pulled over for driving without head lights.
Deputy Shawn Barnes, 27, made a traffic stop at Trails End subdivision on Mustang Road at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, when an altercation with the driver, identified as Dustin Klanders, 19, allegedly reached for a weapon and fired at Barnes.
Barnes returned fire and ran behind Klanders’ SUV to avoid getting shot. Klanders then put his vehicle into reverse and ran over the deputy, dragging him for approximately 50-60 feet, according to authorities.
A female passenger with Barnes, a former jailer who was there for a ride-along, grabbed the deputy’s shotgun when she heard the gunshots and saw the deputy being dragged. She fired off several shots at the suspect’s vehicle.
Klanders was found dead inside his SUV with two handguns less than a mile away. The other may belong to the officer, according to officials.
Barnes was transported by Coast Guard helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston suffering from severe head injuries, a punctured lung, and a gunshot wound to the hand.
A titanium plate was put in his head on Monday, July 23, and reports are that he is holding his own.
The account , established by co-workers and friends, will receive donations in Shawn Brady’s name, at People’s State Bank in Coldspring, Shepherd or Livingston.
A fish fry in his honor is also planned for Monday, September 3, at Sharon’s Café in Coldspring.