The Lamar County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Rangers are investigating Friday’s incident in which a man was killed while talking to deputies.
Deputies were dispatched to a house on Steelhouse Road about a disturbance, the caller told dispatchers that the man, who has not been publicly identified, got out of the car in a state of intoxication. Sheriff Scott Case said in a written statement that the senders were also told the man had a firearm.
According to the case report, deputies found the man on a storage facility along Highway 271 North. Cass said that while trying to speak to the man, a deputy shot him, believing he had pointed a handgun at a deputy. According to the sheriff, the man then shot himself. He was treated on the spot but succumbed to his injuries.
The case said Lamar County Justice Michael Woodson ordered an autopsy to accompany the inquiry.
The identity of this person is pending family notification.
More information will be released as soon as it becomes available, the case said.