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Tyler Police respond to shooting in residential area

Lewis  Hampton. (Source: Smith County Jail) Lewis Hampton. (Source: Smith County Jail)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

The Tyler Police Department says that on Wednesday, investigators arrested an East Texas man after he threatened and assaulted another man.

On April 29 at about 1:55 p.m., Tyler Police received a 911 call of a man with a gun shooting in the area of Richfield Drive. 

Once officers arrived at the scene, they found two white males on the ground in an alley behind the 7100 block of Richfield Drive. 

Officers learned that Lewis Hampton, a 41-year-old East Texas man, had threatened several people with a large knife. 

One man, who was threatened by Hampton, had a handgun in his possession. He confronted Hampton in an effort to protect himself and others. 

Hampton continued to use the knife and continued to threaten the victim and others.  Hampton eventually cut the victim with the knife at which point the victim shot Hampton. 

After being shot, Hampton continued to verbally threaten and attack him.  The victim shot Hampton again.  Others on the scene were able to subdue Hampton until authorities arrived. 

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and released for several knife wounds. 

Hampton was released Wednesday from a local hospital where he was treated for two gunshot wounds, and was immediately taken into custody by detectives.

Hampton was transported to Smith County jail. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful carrying a weapon.

His bond was set at $325,000, according to Tyler Police Department.

At this point, investigators believe the victim was acting in self-defense. 

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