KPD seeks man who fled traffic stop Tuesday

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A man wanted on multiple assault warrants reportedly fled a traffic stop Tuesday – he was identified quickly, however, after multiple run-ins with local law enforcement.

Gregg County Judicial Records list numerous arrests for Brandon O'Neal Sheppard, 34, dating back to 2001 and ranging from drug possession to burglary, theft, assault and evading arrest.

According to Kilgore Police Department, Sheppard was a passenger Dec. 26 when he fled the scene – the Longview resident is wanted on a parole violation warrant for assault (family violence) and a warrant for aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.

This week's incident began when a KPD officer conducted a traffic stop on a Honda Accord at 11:24 p.m. in the 400 block of Newton.

“As the stop was occurring, the officer observed the passenger door open and a male wearing a grey jacket and jeans run from the vehicle,” KPD reported. “The officer followed protocol and stayed with the driver of the vehicle, so the passenger got away.

“Most officers know Brandon, so he was easily identified.”

Kilgore PD is asking for the public's help in apprehending Sheppard: anyone with information on the suspect's whereabouts should call local dispatchers via 903-983-1559. Tipsters can also submit leads via electronic message by texting “KILGORE” and the information to 847411 (tip411) – all submissions are confidential and anonymous.

According to Gregg County Judicial Records, Sheppard was last booked into the county jail by Longview Police Department Oct. 18, 2014, on bonds totaling $19,000. Five warrants and charges included assault of a family member of housemate (with previous offenses), assault causing bodily injury (family violence), possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, evading arrest or detention (with a previous offense) and failure to identify as a fugitive (giving false information). In addition to a charge of theft under $50, Sheppard was released March 20, 2015.

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