UPDATE (12:26 p.m.) – Lufkin officials released the identity of the man killed in an officer-involved shooting earlier this week.
43-year-old Richard “Ricky” Woods of Lufkin died after the shooting Tuesday.
A Lufkin officer and Angelina County Sheriff’s Office deputy had been looking for Woods to arrest him on a felony warrant for strangling a former girlfriend on Aug. 27.
For that incident, Lufkin officers said they were called to a local hospital on a report of a woman who had been injured by Woods following a disturbance in which he cut her car battery cables to prevent her from leaving and choked her. She told officers that she lost consciousness three times as Woods strangled her.
Officers said she was bleeding, had bruises, red marks on her face and neck and a swollen bump on the side of her forehead. A warrant for his arrest was obtained based on that information.
According to a release from Lufkin PD, Woods was a convicted felon, a registered sex offender for the aggravated sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl and was also wanted by the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole with a warning that he has violent tendencies.
On Tuesday, officers got information that Woods would be at Bigs at 2701 N. Raguet St. (the former Cherry’s Grocery). Around 4:15 p.m., the officer and deputy spotted Woods walking into the store and waited for him to return to his vehicle.
“Upon being confronted by the officer and deputy in the parking lot, Woods immediately pulled out a handgun. The deputy then fired at Woods, causing him to fall to the ground,” a release from Lufkin officials said.
The Lufkin officer approached Woods to see him on the ground “reaching and crawling towards Woods’ gun.” The officer fired his patrol weapon at Woods.
Lufkin PD released bodycam video of the incident that shows the moment of the shooting.
The officer and Angelina County deputy began first aid on Woods, including the placement of a chest seal and tourniquets.
Woods died at a local hospital a short time later.
The Lufkin officer was Woods’ sex-offender accountability officer, meaning that the officer made face-to-face contact with Woods once a month to monitor his status and compliance level.
Per officer-involved shooting policy, the Texas Rangers are reviewing the case and it will be presented to a grand jury at the end of their investigation.
The officer and deputy will be on administrative leave until after the grand jury presentation per officer-involved shooting policy. Officers names will not be released until they have given their statements per policy.
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