Deputy James Boyd goes back to work 2 months after being shot by Colorado suspect Evan Ebel

BOWIE, Texas - A Texas deputy shot by a suspected killer on the run from Colorado, is going back to work today.

Deputy James Boyd pulled over a black Cadillac in Bowie, Tex., on March 21 for a simple traffic violation.

Dash cam video from Boyd's car shows Boyd walking up to the passenger side of the vehicle, then suddenly getting blown into the air and falling to the ground as the driver, later identified as Colorado murder suspect Evan Ebel, shoots the officer and speeds off.

Boyd, 27, survived.

"I remember seeing the gun shoot off," Boyd said from his hospital room a week later. "I could see the cartridges fly out, at which point I blacked out."

Boyd was hit twice in the chest and suffered one grazing wound to the head. Wise County Sheriff David Walker said the deputy was saved by his bulletproof vest.

The video shows a passerby stop and ask Boyd, "What happened?"

Boyd responds, "I got shot in the face."

The passerby used Boyd's radio to call for help.

That shooting touched off a high-speed chase and shootout with police. Ebel was driving at speeds of 100 mph and shooting out the window at the pursuing officers, said Decatur Police Chief Rex Hoskins.

The chase ended when Ebel ran a red light and was broadsided by a truck hauling rocks in the city of Decatur in Wise County, Texas.

Ebel was killed in the shootout.

Ebel is suspected in the murders of Colorado Prison Chief Tom Clements and Nathan Leon.

Boyd doesn’t consider himself a hero. He just counts himself lucky to be alive.

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