One killed, two injured following ATF, Ranger investigation, pursuit


VAN ZANDT COUNTY, Texas — One suspect was killed and two others were injured, including one who was shot and airlifted, following an ATF and Texas Department of Public Safety investigation and pursuit in Van Zandt County just north of Mabank, Texas.

At approximately 1:23 p.m., on Friday, January 16, 2015, a Texas Department of Public Safety Texas Ranger and an ATF agent were conducting an investigation when they noticed the suspect, who was under investigation, traveling north on County Road 2719, according to Texas Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Kyle Bradford. The ranger and agent attempted to stop the vehicle who then fled onto County Road 2718.

"Due to some mechanical issues, the pickup truck came to an abrupt stop followed by the occupants jumping out of the vehicle and firing upon the trooper and the ATF agent," according to Bradford. The officers returned fire, killing one and injuring two. One person was transported by an East Texas Medical Center hospital to a Tyler, Texas, area hospital with a gunshot wound and the other was transported by ambulance to Presbyterian Hospital in Kaufman, Texas.

Police recovered two suspect guns at the scene. No officers were injured in the exchange of gunfire.

Both the agent and trooper were placed on standard administrative leave pending the shooting investigation.

The Mabank Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, a Constable unit, and a game warden assisted. The Texas Department of Public Safety's Texas Rangers investigation division is investigating the shooting.

This continues to be a developing story.

Law enforcement originally reported this as a Kaufman County Sheriff's Office pursuit, DPS is confirming it began as an ATF and DPS investigation. Deputies with the Kaufman County Sheriff's Office, including a K-9 unit were on scene after responding to pursuit assistance calls.