Waco, Texas (Waco Police Department) — Waco Police believe that a vehicle theft may have lead to an attempted capital murder.
Monday evening at 7:54 p.m. in the 1700 block of North 17th Street police were called to what they believed was an auto/pedestrian accident.
After further investigation, detectives found that a victim was being dragged by his vehicle after he tried to keep unknown suspects from stealing the car.
Detectives from the Special Crimes Unit are now working the case as an attempted capitol murder.
The victim, Gerald Caufield, 49, of Waco, had been at the Dollar General store located at 18th and Lyle.
Caufiled was with his 3-year-old daughter at the time and it is believed that as they were exiting the store, Caufield saw someone stealing his vehicle.
Witnesses saw Caufield being dragged by his vehicle south down the alley behind Dollar General and then watched as Caufield fell from the side of the vehicle and left going south on 17th street.
It is believed that Caufield was either run over by the vehicle or the suspects caused Caufield to be hit with a fire hydrant knocking him from the car.
The stolen vehicle was recovered a short time later in an alley near the 1600 block of Liveoak.
Caufield was taken to a local hospital and then careflighted to another hospital in Temple.
Doctors at the hospital stated that Caufield had life threatening injuries.
Dollar General Employees saw Caufield's daughter alone in the parking lot and took her into the store notifying police.
She was returned to family members and is safe.
At this time there is suspect(s) description. Anyone with any information on this incident is asked to call Waco Police or Crime Stoppers immediately.