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Sheriff: Burglars disarm elderly ETX man, strike him in the head

Jeremy Jackson. (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office) Jeremy Jackson. (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office)
Bruce Vactor. (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office) Bruce Vactor. (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office)
Brittany Bush. (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office) Brittany Bush. (Source: Harrison County Sheriff's Office)
HARRISON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

Three East Texans are in police custody after a series of morning burglaries and the alleged assault of an elderly man.

Harrison County deputies responded to the call at 11:15 Wednesday morning in the 4400 block of Smelley Road in Hallsville.

The 911 caller, an 81-year-old man, told dispatchers that he retrieved his .38 revolver when he saw two males entered his residence. The man stated to authorities that he confronted the burglars and a struggle for control of the firearm ensued.

The burglars were able to disarm the man, then stuck him with the gun, knocking him to the floor, officials say.

The suspects then fled in a black vehicle, with the man's revolver.

Later in the day, a second burglary was reported in Lakeport, and the witness to the burglary described similar suspects and clothing, as well as a similar vehicle.

A DPS trooper located a vehicle matching the description and initiated a traffic stop on FM 2011 in Gregg County.

The trooper observed the .38 in the car; he checked the serial number and positively identified it to be the stolen handgun from the burglary earlier in the day.

The occupants of the vehicle are identified as Bruce Vactor, 24, Jeremy Jackson, 30, and Brittany Bush, 24.

All three were arrested and transported to Gregg County Sheriff's Office.

Pending interviews by Gregg County law enforcement officials, charges pertaining to the offenses in Harrison County will be filed with the District Attorney's Office.

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