Texas Rangers investigate officer-involved shooting in Lantana

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A man was fatally shot by a Denton County Sheriff’s deputy on Saturday morning in Lantana.

A 61-year-old man who threatened a Lantana family was fatally shot by Denton County Sheriff’s deputies on Saturday morning.

Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in the 600 block of Boswell Crossing in the Bellaire subdivision around 7 a.m., according to Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree.

The 911 caller advised that an armed individual with a violent and drug history had forced his way inside the residence and was threatening the homeowners.  There were three people in the house at the time.

“This individual had a history with a family member of the house and was looking for that family member,” said Murphree.  “There was indication that he had some violence in his past.”

Two deputies arrived and made entry to the home when the suspect raised a shotgun and pointed it in their direction. Officers fired and killed the suspect at the scene. No one else was injured.

“Both deputies fired their weapons. The investigation will determine how many shots were fired. At this time, I don’t know if the suspect even fired,” said Murphree.

Murphree did not release the suspect’s name, but said he was a white male and a resident of Fate, TX in Rockwall County, east of Dallas.

The Texas Rangers are investigating the incident.

“Both these deputies have about 4 to 5 years experience a piece.  In my opinion they did what they were paid to do. It’s unfortunate.  Anytime there is a loss of life, I hate it,” said Murphree. ” I’m thankful the residents are safe and our officers are safe.”

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    Diana Kinser

    Why have the leading headline? Why not say sheriff’s deputies save family from armed gunman? It just pushes the agenda that cops are the bad guys. I bet this family doesn’t feel that way!

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    Thank you Max MIiller for being in our neighborhood on the scene and communicating with me as well as the community. Please pray for the homeowners as I heard they are very sweet people. Bellaire Neighborhood is still in shock. Please pray find r the Officers involved as well. Very tragic on many levels.

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    You need to elaborate more on your statement…..”A deputy arrived and shot someone!”
    I thought Cross Timbers Gazette would have better thought it writing than this?
    That statement is going to cause more issues, you should have expanded. If that’s all the info you had then you should have waiting until you had more.

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      The man had a drug and
      violent behavior past in another county (not Denton). He pointed his gun at them first and attempted to shoot them. He came in looking for someone related to the family. Actually, the officers are highly distressed as no one wants to take a life- they had no choice. They deserve to go home to their families too.

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      Judy Gunn

      I’m thinking you need to work on your own sentence structure. What’s with the exclamation point and question mark? Breaking news is often short on facts.

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      Read The Whole article and watch the entire statement from the sheriff that gives every detail police knew at time of release. It answered all your questions.

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