UPDATE: Officials Confirmed Wanted Armed Suspect is Member of the Military


ABILENE, TX – The Abilene Police Department has confirmed that the man who escaped Dyess AFB Wednesday was an airman. 

As first reported, on April 22, officers with the Abilene Police Department and Taylor County Deputies were dispatched to the Hampton Hills area, just southwest of Dyess AFB, to assist Dyess security personnel in searching for an armed suspect who had just jumped over the perimeter fence. Here is the story: Police Searching for Armed Suspect Near Air Force Base

Now officials with the Abilene Police Department as well as Dyess AFB tells KTXS that the man who ran is an airman from Dyess. They said on Wednesday afternoon, Security Forces along with other Dyess personnel went to an airman's home on Virginia Street regarding a personnel matter. 

During the incident an altercation occurred and the suspect assaulted multiple airmen before barricading himself inside of his home. Before security forces could enter the home the suspect kicked in a window and escaped out of the south side of the base. This part of the base is an extreme wooded area. 

Several law enforcement agencies assisted in the manhunt, including Abilene Police Department, the Taylor County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

A DPS helicopter was called in from Lubbock to search for the man but he was never found. 

Anyone who sees the suspect is asked to call 911 or the command post, if you're on base, at 325-696-1921.

UPDATE 4:10 p.m.

The identity of the Dyess Airman who assaulted Dyess personnel on Wednesday, April 22, before fleeing and eluding police has been identified. Police are still looking for 37-year-old Dyess Airman, Erland Injerd. He continues to be a possible threat to Dyess personnel. If you have information on Injerd, you are urged to contact Abilene Police, (325) 673-8331.

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