Rangers investigate deadly shooting involving East Texas officers

SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX (KLTV) - By Bob Hallmark - bio | email
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SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX (KLTV) - The Texas Rangers are investigating a deadly shooting involving several officers in East Texas.

It started when Hopkins County Sheriff's Deputies were called to a home south of Sulphur Springs on County Road 1158. When deputies arrived, they knew they couldn't handle the situation alone.

"A lady was concerned with the welfare of her husband," said Chief Deputy Rick Morgan, with the Hopkins County Sheriff's Office. "She said having suicidal thoughts."

William Keith White, 50, met officers as they arrived with a firearm.

"Before officers got from behind the vehicle, he had drawn a pistol and had shot once or twice at the officers…A small firefight ensued," said Morgan.

No one was hit in the exchange and White disappeared into a nearby wooded area.

"The SWAT team was called," said Morgan. "DPS Aviation came down with their helicopter."

Using infrared, the helicopter spotted White and lead SWAT members to him.

"They lit him up with their flashlights and at that time he turned his weapon on them and another firefight ensued," said Morgan.

White was killed in a storm of gunfire, leaving investigators with only questions.

"Find out what happened and why he did this," said Morgan.

An autopsy has been ordered in the case.

All officers involved in the shooting have been placed on off-duty status while Texas Rangers investigate.

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