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Officer remains hospitalized after shooting in Frankston; suspect had long criminal history

Officer Jason Ward (Frankston Citizen) Officer Jason Ward (Frankston Citizen)
Anando Robert Anando Robert
Jason Cumby Jason Cumby

An East Texas police officer remains hospitalized in fair condition in Tyler today after a struggle with burglary suspects that left one suspect dead.

Frankston police Officer Jason Ward was airlifted to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler from the scene after the incident yesterday.

Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor says officers responding to a report of a house being burglarized just outside Frankston city limits on FM 19 pursued a silver Cadillac that wrecked inside the city limits.

After a foot chase, Frankston officers and suspects got into an altercation. Taylor says Ward was assaulted severely and is believed to have been hit in the head. Later, the suspects encountered one of the Henderson County officers with a weapon. A suspect was shot and killed.

This photo of Officer Ward was taken when the Frankston Citizen interviewed him on his first day on the job.

One of the suspects, 29 year old Jason Cumby, was killed during a shootout with police. The other man, 32 year old Anando Robert, is jailed and awaiting arraignment on burglary charges.

Witnesses at the crime scene describe what they saw.

"Walked right by me and that's when he took the gun out and the officer shot him," said Jay Smiley. The suspect died in front of Smiley's home.

"He came back to the car, tried to get something out of the car, crank it up and leave, but the car wouldn't go. So he gets something out of the car and takes off running and then after that, we heard gunshots," said Shetarika Baker, who witnessed the shooting.  

Even before Thursday's shooting, Jason Cumby was no stranger to East Texas law enforcement. We have obtained new details into the suspects criminal histories.  In 1997 and 1999, Jason Cumby pleaded guilty to separate counts of felony robbery in Henderson County. In 1997, he was also arrested on a resisting arrest charge.  Cumby also faced 4 burglary charges stretching from 1999 to 2004, and was on parole as recently as February of last year.

Now, the man in custody, Anando Robert, had 2 arrests on possession of marijuana, and was jailed in Smith County for not paying child support until May of this year.

The Texas Rangers have taken over the investigation.

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