Armed man hit multiple times in shootout with authorities on I-10 near Boerne, officials say

Westbound lanes of Interstate 10 near exit 529 have reopened

Boerne police investigate a possible officer-involved shooting on Thursday, April 9, 2020. (KSAT)

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Boerne Police have identified a suspect who was involved in a shootout with officers and Kendall County Sheriff’s deputies on Interstate 10 Thursday as Park Nathan Palmore, 50, of Adkins, Texas.

Palmore, who is currently undergoing surgery at Brooke Army Medical Center, will be charged with attempted capital murder of a public servant, two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a civilian, police said.

The officers involved have been identified as Boerne police officers Paul Bilotta, a 14-year veteran and James Schmidt, a 5-year veteran; and Kendall County Deputy Rollin Senger, a 7-year veteran.

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A shootout between a suspect and authorities erupted amid a chase along Interstate 10, according to a City of Boerne spokesperson.

The gunman was shot multiple times and hospitalized after he led Boerne police and Kendall County Sheriff’s deputies on a chase Thursday, officials said.

The incident began around 9:30 a.m., when officers were told the man was chasing a person with a rifle or shotgun in the 35000 block of I-10 West.

When officers arrived, the man drove past authorities and fled via the westbound lanes of I-10 toward Comfort.

The suspect abruptly stopped on the highway near exit 529, left his vehicle with a shotgun and fired toward deputies and police officers, police said.

Officers and a deputy opened fire and struck the suspect multiple times, police said. A deputy was struck in the arm but was treated at the scene.

The suspect was airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center. His condition is not clear.

The suspect and officers involved have not been identified.

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Traffic is being diverted at exit 533 on westbound Interstate 10 after a reported officer-involved shooting, Boerne police said. (KSAT)

Westbound lanes on I-10 near the scene were closed during the investigation. The lanes have since reopened.

This is a developing story. It will be updated as more information becomes available.

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