Sunday night a, Longview man was hospitalized after a Gregg County Sheriff's deputy used deadly force during a traffic stop. Monday, that suspect has been pronounced dead.
Around eight o'clock Sunday night, Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano says Deputy Roy Nixon made a traffic stop along Highway 1252 near Liberty City.
"During that traffic stop for an investigation into a DWI, there was a confrontation, the suspect was fatally shot," Cerliano says.
Markings and a blood stain on the road show where the confrontation ensued. It's an incident Helen Franklin and her son remember all too well. That's because they live right across the street.
"I was washing dishes and I saw the policeman you know waving cars off, looked at the window, out of the kitchen, right there, I saw the lights flashing, so I walked in there and saw the gun laying on the ground," Donnie Franklin says.
'I told my son what in the world is going on out there and then he said I don't know, then he went to the window and looked, he said 'Momma, come look, come look' and then that's when I seen the man laying on the ground, all the police cars. This road was just full of police cars," Helen says.
Sheriff Cerliano would not go into any details of the confrontation nor as to why Deputy Nixon felt the need to use deadly force.
"What I will tell you at this point the investigation continues, those facts are being established and documented and it would appropriate for those to be presented to the District Attorney's office for evaluation prior to discussing those media wise," Cerliano says.
The suspect has been identified as Abel Jaimes, 21, of Longview. According to county records, Jaimes was arrested in August on a DWI charge. We do not know at this time if alcohol played a factor in the incident and toxicology results are pending.
As for Deputy Nixon, he's been placed on administrative leave.
"That is in accordance with the Gregg County Sherriff's Office general orders policy regarding the use of deadly force, that will be in affect until further notice," the Sheriff says.
The Texas Rangers and the ATF are investigating the incident to see if any action will be taken against the deputy.
Sheriff Cerliano says Deputy Nixon had been with the Sheriff's office for six months. Before that, he served with the Gladewater and Kilgore police departments.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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