Brazoria County, Tx. Deputy Shot, Suspect in custody. Sheriff states Vest saved the life of his Deputy

A Brazoria County Sheriff’s Deputy was checking on a suspicious person Saturday evening when the man resisted a search and opened fire on the Deputy Sheriff with a handgun, the Deputy being stuck in the abdomen, The Deputy was assisted by citizens in apprehending the suspect.

Deputy Brian Harper responded to a call of a suspicious person on County Road 459 and County Road 459D in Freeport. The Deputy found a man named Brian Spinks, 26 at about 6:30 P.M. and while cheking him for weapons Spinks pulled out a 9 MM pistol. 

Spinks fired upon Deputy Harper and shot him in the lower abdomen but the bullet was blocked by the Deputies vest. Witnesses assisted the Deputy in capturing Spinks and taking him into custody during the struggle.

Sheriff Charles Wagner said “The vest saved him. He’s doing fine,” “I was proud he had his (bullet proof) vest on, and I wish every officer wore one,” Wagner said. “If it wasn’t for the vest, we don’t know what the outcome would have been.”

Deputy Harper was transported to UTMB Angleton Hospital where he was later released.

Spinks was taken to the Brazoria County Jail and charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer. His bail is set at $1 million.

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Brian Spinks Accused of attempted murder of Deputy Brian Harper bail is set at $1 million.

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