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Smith County Sheriff: Man shot after attacking deputy during traffic stop

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SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

The Smith County Sheriff’s Office says a man is in a Tyler hospital after he was shot by a deputy during a traffic stop.

According to the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, the incident happened around 12:35 Saturday morning in the 8400th block of Lavender Road in Smith County.

Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith says that a deputy made a traffic stop on a man who was driving a vehicle northbound on Lavender Road. Smith says the vehicle was stopped because the man was driving on the wrong side of the road.

“The occupant of the vehicle got out, and came towards the deputy in a manner of…acting as if he was going to attack the deputy,” says Smith.

Smith says the suspect swung at and hit the deputy after the man was told he was being detained. The deputy then fired one shot with their taser. The man then pulled the prongs of the taser out. He says the deputy tased the man again, but they also pulled the prongs out. Smith says the suspect then ran throwing down what is suspected to be methamphetamine.

“And chased the suspect out into the woods over here to the side of the road where the deputy was attacked by the occupant of the vehicle. The deputy could feel a tug at their holster. The deputy was able to turn the body away from the threat, drew the handgun and fired two shots,” says Smith.

The man was shot twice, but the extent of his injuries is not known, but officials say he is in surgery. He has not been identified, but Sheriff Smith says the man is a white male in his mid 50s with a Larue, Texas address.

No injuries were sustained by the deputy and the incident will be under investigation by the Texas Rangers.

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