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Texas Rangers investigate shooting of 18-year-old
TYLER COUNTY - by Lauren Huet
Texas Rangers are investigating an officer involved shooting, after a Woodville police sergeant shot an eighteen-year-old man. Thursday night, a mother called police about her eighteen-old-son.
"Subject lives on her property, but at a different residence. She went to make contact with him and he had discharged a firearm in her direction," said Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford.
A deputy arrived and spoke with the mother.
"Probably talked to her for approximately 2 minutes when another shot was fired in their direction, striking the home. At the time the deputy retreated," said Sheriff Weatherford.
Officers from the Woodville Police Department and the Department of Public Safety arrived. Sheriff Weatherford says the eighteen-year-old continued to yell at officers and fire his gun.
"The deputy was able to make eye contact with him, able to verbally speak with him and give him commands. The subject continued to move forward as other deputies got in there and got in place, as other officers, they continued to take fire," said Sheriff Weatherford.
A neighbor says she heard about ten shots fired last night, as well as the eighteen-year old yelling at his mother and officers. She says it was a scary situation, and the area is usually a quiet place to live.
"Two of the officers were behind a residence concealed," said Sheriff Weatherford, "the subject raised the gun, pointed at him, and made verbal threats towards them, and the subject was shot at that time."
Shot by a Woodville Police sergeant.
"When this individual confronted the sheriff's deputies, [the sergeant] had an opportunity to disable this shooter which he did," said Captain of the Woodville Police Department, Mike McCulley. "Sergeant Hicks also has extensive sniper training, so we had the right person at the scene to take care of the situation."
The eighteen-year-old is in stable condition at the hospital.
"So, we expect him to make a full recovery," said Sheriff Weatherford. "Of course, charges will be pending. We'll be getting the paperwork together for all that and submitting it to the District Attorney's office."
It's a situation officers say could have been much worse.
"I'm very thankful that this thing worked out the way it did, I really am," said Captain McCulley.
A family member at the residence told KFDM News the eighteen-year-old suffers from mental problems. The sergeant who shot him will remain on administrative leave until the Texas Rangers have completed their investigation.