Ellis County chase, standoff ends in deadly gunfire

An Ellis County standoff near Waxahachie ended in deadly gunfire early Wednesday morning.

It all began around 8 p.m. Tuesday when an officer with the Italy Police Department pulled over two brothers, 18-year-old Miguel Martinez and 23-year-old Daniel Dankert, for speeding near Highway 34 and Interstate 35E.

The high drama began unfolding after police searched the suspects' car.

"They ended up having a gun and some drug inside the car, so they were being arrested," said Italy Police Chief Shawn Martin. "They were both handcuffed and placed in the back of the police car."

Somehow, the suspects managed to overtake and steal the police SUV.

"I haven't had a chance to review the in car video yet, so we're trying to figure out how they got from the backseat to the front seat," said Martin.

Law enforcement agents from several departments then chased the men in the stolen SUV.

They used police radios to negotiate with the suspects, and around 11 p.m., officers finally convinced the suspects to pull over on southbound I-35E near Forreston Road.

A police negotiator repeatedly urged the pair to surrender as the standoff continued. Eventually, gunfire erupted about an hour later.

A Department of Public Safety spokesman said the driver got out with a gun in his hand and was shot by police. His passenger was found dead from a gunshot wound inside the vehicle.

The Italy police officer who was attacked was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No other officers were hurt.

The interstate was closed in both directions until about 8:45 a.m. for the investigation, which is now being led by the Texas Rangers.

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