2 deputies shot in Bowie Co., suspect identified and in hospital

BOWIE COUNTY - Two Bowie County Sheriff's deputies have been released from the hospital after being shot by Bryan Lee Batchelor some time between 12 a.m. and 1 a.m. Sunday morning. 

The confrontation began when Bowie County deputies were called to help volunteer fire fighters responding to a blaze in the 4600 block of FM 44 East in Dekalb, Texas.

Authorities said that Bryan Lee Batchelor did not want the fire to be put out, and aimed a gun at the fire fighters. Then, he jumped into his truck and drove into a pasture.

Deputies were driving into the field when their vehicle got stuck. That's when police say Batchelor rammed the vehicle and fired several shots at the deputies.

Deputies Eric McMillian and Westin Fannin suffered minor injuries.

According to police, Batchelor also led police on a vehicle chase and rammed into a police vehicle on County Road 4241.

Two other officers, Lieutenant Chris Allison and Deputy Martin McGee, later saw Batchelor on County Road 4235, where they say he turned on his lights and drove towards them, smashing into their patrol unit.

The suspect used a shotgun to fire at the deputies, was eventually shot by officers and was taken to the hospital. 

Batchelor is still in the hospital at this time under Bowie County Sheriff's Office custody. Refresh for updates.

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