‘He was incredible’: Family mourns Palestine city employee who was fatally shot Saturday night

Crime & Public Safety

PALESTINE, Texas (KETK) – A Palestine city employee was fatally shot Saturday night. Now, his sister is speaking out as she mourns the loss of her brother.

28-year-old Dustin Rodgers was shot in the torso while in his car around the area of Spring Street and Magnolia Street in Palestine. His 6-year-old son was also shot in the foot.

Both were taken to the hospital, where Rodgers died and the 6-year-old was treated and released.

Celsey Lively, Rodgers’ sister, told KETK how much she will miss her brother.

“Dustin Rogers was a wonderful and amazing brother, husband, son, a father. He was incredible. He was a man of power and when I say power, he would do anything and everything for anyone, doesn’t matter who you were,” she said.

A GoFundMe account has been created for the family asking for help from their community as they plan Rodgers’ funeral.

“Even though we will never understand how something like this could happen in our hometown, all we can do is come together and help Dustin’s family,” the page said.

As of 8 p.m. Monday, the GoFundMe has raised more than $8,000 of their $10,000 goal.

The incident happened before 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, and the shooter has still not been formally identified.

Upon arrival at the scene, officers saw a Ford F-150 in the roadway. Inside the vehicle were two adults and two children. They saw Rodgers with an apparent gunshot wound to the torso. His 6-year-old child in the backseat had an apparent gunshot wound to the foot.

The other two passengers in the car, an adult female and a child, were not injured. Palestine PD provided first aid until EMS arrived on the scene.

A witness said that the gunfire came from another vehicle also traveling on Spring Street. Police say the circumstances leading up to the shooting are unknown at this time.

“Detectives are currently working to identify a suspect and determine why this happened.” PPD
Chief Mark Harcrow said. “We are asking that anyone with information on this case contact us

Anyone with any information can contact the Palestine Police Department at (903) 729-2254 or
the Anderson County Crime Stoppers at (903) 729-8477.

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