Caught on camera: Anderson County sergeant uses radio cord to save deputy’s life

“True warrior. Nothing has kept him down.”
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Published: Jun. 3, 2022 at 11:14 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2022 at 6:29 PM CDT
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ANDERSON COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - On Friday, former Anderson County Deputy Bradley Coleman shared body camera footage with KLTV of when he was shot in 2019.

On October 19, 2019, Coleman responded to a report of a stolen truck. When Coleman arrived, the suspect, Terry Countryman Jr., tried to drive away in the truck.

“I fired at the truck trying to disable the truck at first,” Coleman said. But then, Countryman fired back.

“As I’m walking towards the truck with the guy still in it, I hear a shot and I feel it and it ends up going right in my leg,” Coleman said.

Tabitha Frawner, a former Anderson County Sheriff’s Office sergeant, was the first on scene to help save Coleman’s life.

“That’s my guy. That’s my deputy on my shift. That’s my brother. That’s my family and I got to get to him,” Frawner said.

Frawner, who is now an investigator for the Anderson County District Attorney’s Office, was an ACSO sergeant when the shooting incident occurred in 2019.

Frawner had a plan when she heard the call on the radio, “I’ve been hit!” She had a plan to take care of Coleman when she arrived on the scene after he had been shot.

Her plan went out the window, however. Her new plan? Keep her deputy alive.

Frawner said her training kicked in and she grabbed the only thing accessible to stop the bleeding in Brad’s thigh - her radio cord.

“What can I use, what can I use and I just turn around and see my cord stretched out and I was like, that’ll work,” Frawner said.

“I’ve seen death,” Frawner said. “You know it when you see it. You know that look.”

“It was heartbreaking. It was heartbreaking and you just feel so helpless because you don’t know if you’re doing enough. And you’re praying you’re doing enough and you’re praying people get there to help you.”

Minutes later, which felt like a lifetime for Frawner, help arrived.

Trooper Leonard Sandifer brought a tourniquet.

“Stay with me man. Hang with me brother,” Sandifer said in 2019.

Coleman was taken to a hospital where doctors considered amputating his leg. The next day, Frawner visited Coleman at the ICU.

“It was the best feeling ever. It was amazing to see my deputy alive,” Frawner said. “He went to try to shake my hand I said ‘No sir, that’s not happening.’ and I just kind of pulled him up and gave him a hug.”

After two months in the hospital, multiple surgeries, and scars that will remind him of this day forever, Coleman went home.

Immediately after Coleman got home, he went to the gym. “You got to fall back on what you know to help you get through stuff.”

Now, Coleman travels with his wife, competes in body building, and “Try to live life now because you never know when it’s going to end.”

East Texas News has obtained the bodycam video footage of an Anderson County deputy who was shot while trying to apprehend a suspect in 2019.

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