Sheriff: Man in officer-involved shooting in ICU after pointing firearm at officials in Van Zandt County

Crime & Public Safety

VAN ZANDT COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – A man who pointed a firearm at Van Zandt County officials is now in the ICU and facing charges of evading arrest and aggravated assault.

Deputies say the man pointed a firearm at officials Monday morning after a high speed chase through Van Zandt County.

According to the sheriff’s office, Grand Prairie PD and Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office entered Van Zandt County where deputies, Canton PD and Edgewood PD units responded.

The vehicle was driving at speeds up to 95 mph, the sheriff’s office said, and turned their lights off many times during the pursuit.

Canton PD used spike strips as the vehicle approached Highway 19 and successfully spiked the tires. The vehicle came to a stop in a drainage ditch between the Colfax exit ramp and the service road.

“As a VZSO deputy and a Edgewood officer approached the vehicle, the suspect pointed a firearm in the direction of the officers and they fired their weapons and were able to stop the threat,” a release from Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Office said.

Officers rendered lifesaving measures and the person was taken to a Tyler hospital.

“We always want to make sure the public is safe. We get a lot of calls of reckless drivers and we’ve had some calls with people pointing weapons,” Van Zandt County Sheriff Steve Hendrix said. “We take those serious and we always want to make sure the public is safe. We’re always going to respond and respond appropriately and make sure that there’s no loss of life.”

The sheriff responded to the scene along with his Criminal Investigative Division team and command staff. He contacted the Texas Rangers, and they will be conducting an investigation as is routine for this type of incident.

First responders say this is part of a bigger issue. The Lufkin Police Department, Hawkins Police Department and Angelina County Sheriff’s Office all dealt with officer-involved shootings this month.

“A lot of reports from all over the country on the amount of us that are getting shot at or wounded or killed in the line of duty,” Rusk County Sheriff Johnwayne Valdez said.

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