Police: Officer shot at, missed man trying to escape traffic sto

Man charged with assault on officer; officer on administrative leave

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Aaron Pulley, 37 Aaron Pulley, 37
LUBBOCK, Texas -

A man is charged with attacking a police officer following an altercation in northeast Lubbock Wednesday evening.

Police confirmed Thursday an officer is on leave and under review after shooting at a suspect who reportedly drove away from a traffic stop near East Emory and North Ivory. The shots missed the suspect.

An officer tried to pull over Aaron Pulley, 37, near there. Investigators say Pulley kept driving until he pulled up to the gate at the Emory Apartments. A backup officer tried to block Pulley's vehicle, but officers report Pulley struck the rear of the patrol unit in his escape, prompting the backup officer to get out of his unit and fire at Pulley's car. The rounds struck the vehicle but missed Pulley.

Police report Pulley struck the apartments' security gate and sped onto M.L.K. Boulevard, then struck another car and a gas meter. No one was hurt. Officers arrested Pulley and charged him with aggravated assault on a peace officer and evading arrest. If convicted, Pulley faces a first degree felony, which could mean life in prison with the possibility for parole.

Lubbock Police have placed the officer who shot at Pulley on administrative leave pending an internal review; this is standard policy when officers discharge their weapons.

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