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1 dead, deputy placed on administrative leave after officer-involved shooting in Rusk County

During the traffic stop, the deputy shot the man, who died at the scene, Sheriff Johnwayne Valdez said.

RUSK COUNTY, Texas — One man is dead and a Rusk County deputy has been placed on administrative leave following an officer-involved shooting early Wednesday morning. 

Rusk County Sheriff Johnwayne Valdez said the deputy stopped a man who was driving at Highway 64 East and County Road 4125 in Rusk County at 1:26 a.m. During the traffic stop, the deputy shot the man, who died at the scene.

A justice of the peace pronounced the man dead. Valdez said the deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave based on the Rusk County Sheriff's Office policy, pending the conclusion of this incident. 

"You never want this to happen, but unfortunately in this day and age, these days do happen," Valdez said. "And they've happened more frequently probably in the last decade."

The Texas Rangers are investigating the incident, the sheriff said.

"We would ask for prayers for all involved," Valdez said in a Facebook post.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.  

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