Trooper Thomas McGinnis probably thought it was just another ordinary traffic stop. He’d pulled over a car exceeding the speed limit and one with an equipment defect.

He never knew he’d have to take a bullet for such a simple transgression.

McGinnis stopped a Honda Acura on Interstate 45 in November, near the 227 mile post.

According to police reports, as McGinnis approached the vehicle, the driver — Danyell D. Daniels, 19, of El Dorado, Ark. — stepped out, firing a single round. Even though he was hit, McGinnis returned fire but Daniels fled on foot to the south.

The canine unit from the Coffield Unit of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice was dispatched to help in the search for Daniels. A Department of Public Safety helicopter based in Garland was used as part of an aerial search.

Personnel from the sheriff’s offices of both Navarro and Freestone counties, Corsicana Police Department, Navarro College Police Department, Texas Rangers, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and Corsicana Emergency Corps responded to the scene.

But Daniels escaped.

He was captured three days later in Texas City and indicted by a Navarro County grand jury Nov. 30 for attempted capital murder of a peace officer.

Daniels faces, if convicted, faces a minimum of 5 years and up to 99 years, or life, in prison on the first degree felony charge.

McGinnis underwent successful surgery at Baylor Hospital in Dallas for the bullet wound in his hand.

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