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Sheriff: Gunshot wound in Cherokee County shooting self-inflicted


On Thursday, Cherokee County sheriffs detectives met with the victim of Tuesday's alleged shooting that took place in Cherokee County.

During the interview, the victim, Garrett Scott Curtis confirmed that he had fabricated the facts of the incident and that the gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

Detectives suspected that the incident might have been stages after they discovered numerous inconsistencies in the victim's account of the incident. Evidence that was collected also furthered the detectives' suspicions.

Curtis was attending a new employee orientation program at the Rusk State Hospital in Rusk. He left, saying he was going to get lunch. The Cherokee County sheriff says he later drove himself back to the hospital with a gunshot wound in the upper body. An employee from the hospital found him in the parking lot and called the sheriff's department.

The Rusk Police Department initially responded to the scene and found the victim, who was only able to give limited information before EMS arrived.

Curtis was flown to ETMC in Tyler by helicopter.


At this time, no criminal charges are being sought in relation to the incident.

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