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Constable injures burglar breaking into apartment

Deputy Philips with Henry Jackson, Constable Precinct 1. Photo Source: Facebook. Deputy Philips with Henry Jackson, Constable Precinct 1. Photo Source: Facebook.
Smith County Constable Deputy, Derek Phillips. Photo Source: Facebook. Smith County Constable Deputy, Derek Phillips. Photo Source: Facebook.

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler police have arrested two men for an attempted break in at the Wood Trail Apartments at 1909 Shiloh.

Police got a call of a home invasion with shots fired at 6:30 am, Thursday morning. When they arrived on scene they found one suspect was shot in the chest in the apartment. The other suspect ran away on foot.

Officers contacted two victims that were inside the apartment, Amie Hall, the apartment lessee, and Derek Phillips, a friend of Amie.

Phillips is a Smith County Deputy Constable for Pct. 1 and shot the suspect inside the apartment.

The suspect that was shot was transported to a local hospital and is currently undergoing surgery.  He has been identified as Matthew Dwayne Patton, 22, of Tyler. 

The second suspect that got away was spotted walking in the area of Shiloh and Bascom Rd., at 7:25 a.m., by K-9 Officer Steve Black.  The suspect matched the description and was determined to be involved in the incident.  He was identified as Patric Thurston, 23, also of Tyler.

Thurston was charged with 1st degree Felony Burglary and transported to Smith County Jail.  

Officers recovered a semi-automatic handgun that was thrown into the woods when Thurston fled the area.

Initial details of the investigation indicate that the Home Invasion was a random act of violence by the two suspects. 

The investigation is ongoing and further details will be released when made available.

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