Man shot after charging at officer during traffic stop

Published on Saturday, 17 June 2017 18:03 - Written by

A traffic stop early Saturday morning in Smith County led to an incident in which a suspect was shot twice by a sheriff’s deputy.

According to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy made a traffic stop on a vehicle around 12:35 a.m. Saturday in the 8400 block of County Road 35. The deputy stopped the vehicle as they were driving on the wrong side of the road.

A short time later, the driver exited the vehicle and was told by the officer that he was being detained. The suspect hit the officer and then attempted to run. A Taser was used two times and on both occasions the suspect pulled the Taser barbs out and threw them down, according to a news release.

The deputy then pursued the man as he attempted to run a second time.

Sheriff’s officials said that’s when the suspect turned and charged the deputy, taking them to the ground and attempting to take the deputy’s firearm.

The deputy was able to draw their firearm and shoot the suspect two times. The man was later taken to a local hospital for surgery.

Officials from the Tyler Police Department and sheriff’s deputies arrived shortly after. The Texas Rangers have also been brought in to investigate the incident.

The deputy on duty has been placed on administrative leave.

Sheriff’s officials have not released the identity of the suspect, but said he is a white male in his mid-50s with a Larue address.

Officials also believe the suspect was in possession of methamphetamine at the time of the incident.

- Staff Reports