Officer who was pinned under a vehicle after serving a search warrant identified

Posted at 10:32 AM, Aug 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-03 16:09:42-04

The officer that sustained severe injuries after being run over while serving a search warrant has been identified as 40-year-old Officer William Graeber.

Graeber has been with the Waco Police Department since 2009 and was a member of the SWAT time for the past five years. He attended Texas State University, Austin Community College and McLennan Community College.

Graeber sustained three broken ribs, a broken pelvis, a broken collarbone, a collapsed lung, a concussion and burns to his arm from the incident. He had to be intubated and had a chest tube placed in him from the significant injuries he received, Sgt. Patrick Swanton said. As of Thursday morning, doctors have removed the breathing tube, but not the chest tube. 

"Indications are that he is continuing to improve and everyone is cautiously optimistic," Sgt. Swanton said. 

The officer is in stable condition, and the suspect died on Tuesday after the incident on 23rd St. and Olive Ave.

Waco police said that they were serving a search warrant when the incident happened. They were working with the drug enforcement unit and the SWAT team.

During the incident, the officer began to approach the vehicle with the suspect, Kerry Bradley in it. Bradley then accelerated and pinned the officer under the SUV-like vehicle.

Police said Bradley was a "drug dealer." 

Officers worked together to pick up the vehicle to rescue the officer. Police said that when the officer was pinned, his uniform was caught and wrapped up in the drivetrain. Officers shot at Bradley to stop him from further injuring or killing the officer. 

Officers had to cut the officer's uniform from the drivetrain and officers lifted the SUV off of the officer. 

Waco police also said that the officer and Bradley were transported to an area hospital after being injured in the incident.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the hospital from his gunshot injuries, according to Waco police. 

The family of the suspect identified him as Kerry Bradley, 37. 

According to the hospital, the officer is "headed in the right direction". Chief Ryan Holt said the road to recovery for the officer will be a long one due to the severity of his injuries.

Per his criminal records, Bradley had several previous drug possession offenses, evading arrest with vehicle offenses and assault causing bodily injury offenses. 

The Waco Police Department Special Crimes Unit and the Texas Rangers are investigating. 

Neighbor Greta Ashley who said is new to the neighborhood where the officer-involved shooting happened said she felt scared when she heard the gunshots.

"I'm kinda like in shock it happened next door. I'm just glad our kids were safe and it wasn't everywhere and anybody else got hurt," Ashley said.

The family released a statement on Thursday. 

Today has been a painful day for Will as he is asked to do things with a broken body that one would not voluntarily submit to. However, Will is healthy, sgront, young and fortunately for him, physically fit. Will still has his chest tube in and is currently listed in Critical but Stable condition. 

According to the Graeber family. there are no anticipated surgeries and Graeber could begin rehab as early as next week if his condition continues to improve.

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