VIDEO: Witness takes action to save Amarillo officer during Friday manhunt; suspect arrested


AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — One person is arrested after a manhunt in the area of 45th and Western this morning.

It happened on the 4600 block of Buffalo Trail.

Kaysha Ireland said it all started when a family member’s truck and cell phone were stolen early Friday morning. They called the stolen phone and eventually someone on the other end of the line gave them an address near where the stolen truck and phone were located on Buffalo Trail.

According to Amarillo Police, officers were sent to meet Ireland and her family members after they spotted the stolen truck inside of a garage.

Police said an officer was walking up to the home when the stolen truck, driven by Cody James Hayden, 46, sped out of the garage toward the officer.

Officials said an APD officer discharged his handgun, hitting the stolen vehicle.

APD said Ireland’s SUV was parked in front of the house. Ireland, still inside, said she put it in reverse and slammed on the gas, T-boning the truck in an attempt to protect the officer.

Hayden fled the scene in the stolen truck, and after a brief chase, crashed into a wall behind a business on the 4500 block of S. Western.

Police said he then fled on foot and back to the home on Buffalo.

Officers found him in a shed behind a house on Buffalo Trail.

Hayden was booked into the Randall County Jail for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Public Servant.

This case is being investigated by the APD Homicide Unit and the Texas Rangers.

During the manhunt, Amarillo ISD released the following Facebook post about lockout at multiple campuses.

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