Man wanted in shooting of police officer in Burleson now in custody

Suspect Jerry Don Elders was found in Gainesville, Texas

BURLESON, Texas- Police shooting suspect Jerry Don Elders is in police custody. He was apprehended in Gainesville, Texas around 2 p.m.

The Burleson, Texas Police Department is releasing more details on the officer who was shot. Officer Joshua Lott began his career with the Burleson Police Department in May 2017. Officer Lott received several accolades in his short tenure with the BPD. He was awarded two life-saving awards, one in 2018 and one in 2020. He was given a police commendation in 2019 for work he made to recover seven motorcycles at Burleson Power Sports.

The department released the following statement: “Officer Lott was fortunate today when there have been other officers that were not. Our prayers are with Officer Lott and his family, the innocent victim’s family whose life was taken when it is believed the suspect carjacked her vehicle, and to all law enforcement officers across the country and their families. The Burleson Police Department expresses our sincere appreciation to the multiple agencies who assisted and offered assistance, the U.S. Marshal’s Office, Texas Rangers and Department of Public Safety. We also want to express our thank you to the medical staff at John Peter Smith Hospital who rendered care to our officer. Thank you to our community for their love and well wishes.”

You can reach out to help Officer Lott and his family by emailing lcauthern@burlesontx.com.

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Officer Joshua Lott

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