SMITH COUNTY - A suspect is recovering from two gunshot wounds after assaulting a Smith County Sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop overnight, according to a press release from the Smith County Sheriff's Office issued Saturday morning.
Around 12:35 a.m. Saturday, a patrol deputy saw a vehicle traveling on the wrong side of County Road 35 (Lavender Road) and initiated a traffic stop.The suspect got out of the car and approached the deputy, who informed the suspect why he was pulled over.
The suspect tried to flee and the deputy used his taser twice to try and stop the suspect. On both occasions, the suspect pulled out the barbs and threw them to the ground.
A foot chase ensued, and at some point, the suspect threw down what is possibly methamphetamine, turned and charged at the deputy.
The two scuffled, and the suspect tried to grab the deputy's gun; however the deputy was able to twist away from the suspect, draw his firearm and shoot the suspect twice.
Officers from the Tyler Police Department, Parks and Wildlife, and Sheriff's Office arrived at the scene to help, and the suspect was taken to a local hospital for treatment. At the time of the press release, the suspect was in surgery.
The suspect's identity has not yet been released, pending charges.
The Texas Rangers is investigating the incident, and the deputy involved is on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.
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