Temple, TX (KWKT) — On Monday April 22, 2013, at approximately 7:00 p.m., the Temple Police Department received a report of an aggravated robbery at the “Subway” located at 3 North 29th Street. Initial reported indicated that a white male suspect had entered the restaurant, displayed a handgun, and demanded money from the business.
Upon receiving an undisclosed amount of money the suspect fled on foot north from the location.
A witness observed the suspect enter a vehicle and directed responding units to the vehicle. Officers attempted to stop the suspect vehicle which was being operated by a female subject.
The vehicle refused to stop for the officers and a pursuit ensued through the Western Hills subdivision. The suspect vehicle eventually turned east bound in the west bound traffic lanes on Southwest HK Dodgen Loop and continued to flee from the officers into oncoming traffic.
The suspect continued east on the loop eventually exiting on South 31st Street and traveling south bound. The suspect vehicle finally stopped behind “Advanced Auto Parts”, 3817 S. 31st Street. Officers were, at this point, able to use a tire deflation device and punctured two of the suspect vehicle’s tires.
The officers initially stated the male appeared to be holding a gun to the female driver, and it was believed to be a hostage situation. Officers held a perimeter around the suspect to prevent escape and Temple Police SWAT and Hostage Negotiation Teams were notified.
Officers continued to try establishing lines of communication with the subjects inside the vehicle. The male suspect did allowed the female to exit the vehicle and she was detained by the officers on scene.
Negotiators and SWAT members arrived and continued to try to maintain a line of communication with the male inside the vehicle.
During the process the male subject began to cover the windows to prevent officers from seeing inside the vehicle. The officers could see the suspect was using a knife to cut himself on the neck.
The suspect then moved from the passenger seat into the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Fearing the suspect may be preparing to flee the scene or use the vehicle to strike the officers; the Temple SWAT unit deployed to take the suspect into custody.
A distraction device was discharged, and the entry team attempted to extricate the suspect from the vehicle. The man appeared unfazed by the distraction device, and still had possession of the knife. The unit then deployed 40 millimeter baton rounds to disarm the suspect.
The device was effective in dislodging the knife from the subject’s possession. The suspect however, then picked up a handgun and pointed it directly at the SWAT Officers. The officers were then forced to shoot the suspect; striking the male one time. The suspect was transported immediately to Scott and White Hospital for treatment where he was reported in stable condition.
The male was identified as Cory Sluder, 35.
Mr. Sluder will be transferred to the Bell County Jail upon his release from the hospital for an outstanding felony warrant from the State of Kansas.
Detectives with the General Investigations Unit determined that the female, identified as Brandy Jean Kelley, 32, knew and was traveling with Mr. Sluder.
Ms. Kelly was taken into custody and transported to the Bell County Jail where she will be held until the case is reviewed.
Aggravated robbery cases against both suspects will be presented to the Bell County District Attorney’s Office late Tuesday afternoon.
The Texas Rangers are investigating the officer-involved shooting as is standard Temple Police procedure in any officer involved shooting. Investigators from the Temple Police General Investigations Unit continue to follow up on the robbery offense. All aspects of the investigation remain active at this time.