The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating an incident that occurred in the early morning hours today that could have claimed the life of an off-duty deputy.
“The deputy was in the parking lot of the Pilot Truck Stop at approximately 2 a.m. when he observed what he believed was individuals conducting a narcotics transaction,” said Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks. “He approached the subjects and identified himself as a law enforcement officer at which point one suspect fled on foot and the other fled in a vehicle.”
According to Meeks, the deputy put out a description of the suspect and the direction in which the vehicle went while trying to follow the suspect. At this time, the suspect fired five to six gunshots at the off-duty deputy disabling his personal vehicle.
“A short time later, patrol units located a vehicle matching the description near Lions Lair and Monty Stratton Parkway,” said Meeks. “After an investigation, it was determined that it was not the suspect they were looking for and he was released from the scene.”
The off-duty deputy was not injured and did not fire his weapon during this time, according to Meeks.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect or suspects is asked to contact Hunt County Sheriff’s Office at 903-453-6800 or Crime Stoppers at 903-457-2929.
“I am very thankful that no one was injured during this incident. This suspect has shown no regard for human life and we need to get him off the streets. I am urging anyone with information about this person to contact us before someone is seriously hurt,” said Meeks.
The passenger vehicle in question was reported to be gold or silver in color.