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Citizen protects Amarillo police officer during Friday manhunt: Several AISD schools place on lockout


On Friday, Amarillo police officers were dispatched to the 4600 block of Buffalo Trail to meet the caller because they had located their stolen truck.

When officers arrived, they were met by the victim and other family members. As one of the officers approached the home, the stolen truck sped out of the garage straight toward the officer.

The stolen vehicle was driven by 26 year old Cody James Hayden.

An Amarillo police officer fired his handgun, striking the stolen vehicle. A black SUV that was parked in front of the house, sped backwards into the stolen truck in an attempt to protect the officer. 

Hayden fled in the stolen vehicle.

After a brief pursuit, Hayden crashed the truck into a short wall behind a business located in the 4500 block of S. Western.  He ran on foot and was able to get back over to the residence on Buffalo.

Officers surrounded the area and located him in a shed behind a house on Buffalo Trail.  Hayden was booked into the Randall County Jail on the charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Public Servant. 

During the incident, several AISD schools were placed on lockout.

"Out of an abundance of caution, Bonham Middle School, Fannin Middle School, South Lawn Elementary, South Georgia Elementary, Western Plateau Elementary and Paramount Terrace Elementary went into a temporary lockout for about 35 minutes this morning while Amarillo police searched for an armed suspect in that area of town.

"During a lockout, all exterior doors are locked and students remain inside the school. This lockout was just a precaution and there was no known threat or danger to these schools.

"The safety and security of our students is a top priority, and we communicated information to parents of these schools as it was happening. We thank parents for your trust and patience when we implement safety procedures as a precaution like we did today," AISD said in a statement.

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