Texas Rangers investigating fatal officer-involved shooting outside Longview ER
LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - The Texas Rangers are investigating a fatal shooting involving an off-duty Kilgore Police officer who was working security at a Longview emergency medical facility.
Around 9 p.m. Sunday, the officer was checking vehicles in the parking lot of Hospitality Health ER on McCann Road as part of a 12-hour shift, according to Kilgore Police Chief Todd Hunter. He was then confronted by Calvin L. Brown Jr., 61, from Longview, DPS Sgt. Adam Albritton said.
Brown asked for the officer’s name before pulling a weapon from his pocket, Hunter said.
The two struggled over control of the pistol, a news release stated.
“He was unable to disarm him,” Hunter said. “He used his service weapon to stop the aggression and protect himself.”
Hunter said the officer called for the ER staff inside to help. They attempted life-saving measures, but the suspect was pronounced dead a short time later, according to the news release.
The unidentified officer was not injured. He is now on administrative leave, which is standard policy with shootings involving officers, according to Kilgore Police.
Hunter said it does not appear the officer was targeted.
“We’ve watched the video. Preliminary results show us that this individual got here at 5:30 and had been walking around or had been in the parking lot for hours. We’re unsure of why. So the investigation continues.”
Longview Police and Fire departments responded to the scene, along with the Texas Rangers.
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