Garland police shot a man they say drove at them after crashing into a cemetery Friday evening.
Around 6:30 p.m., two officers in a squad car were stopped in traffic at West Miller and Saturn roads when a white Ford Explorer crashed through a cemetery fence behind them and into a tombstone.
The officers got out of their car and began to approach the Explorer, which started to drive toward them. Both officers, fearing for their lives, fired at the driver, police said.
The man driving the Explorer continued to a used-car lot in the 2600 block of South Garland Avenue, about a mile away, police said. At that point, the driver got out and was taken into custody.
Police identified the driver as Thomas Christopher Irwin, 30, of Garland. He had two gunshot wounds that were not life-threatening and was taken to a hospital, police said.
After apprehending Irwin, officers discovered that there were two children — ages 11 and 4 — in the Explorer’s back seat. They were uninjured.
No officers were injured, police said. The two officers who fired their weapons will be placed on routine administrative leave.
Miller was closed in both directions at Saturn while authorities investigated.