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Palestine police identify suspects in officer-involved shooting


From Palestine police:

At approximately 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, the Palestine Police Department experienced an officer-involved shooting in Anderson County. While on an investigation with the department’s Selective Enforcement Unit, Det. Broc January was searching for a suspect in an illegal drug investigation. The suspect’s car was located at the Palestine Best Western Hotel, 1601 W. Palestine Ave. The car left the hotel and officers attempted a traffic stop. The car did not stop, and officers followed the car to a residence on Anderson County Road 359.

Officers then approached the vehicle, and the driver of the vehicle, Dorrinda Lee, 22, Palestine, got out of the vehicle and was placed in custody. A male passenger, Aaron Blagg, 31, Palestine, attempted to pull a handgun out of the passenger seat of the vehicle. It was at that time when Det. January then used his firearm. Blagg was first transported to Palestine Regional Medical Center and then to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler for treatment. The Department of Public Safety and Texas Rangers were contacted and are directing the investigation. January, a six-year veteran of the department, was interviewed and has been placed on administrative leave while criminal and administrative investigations are ongoing. During a search of the vehicle, officers found multiple quantities of controlled substances including: 30 grams of cocaine, 170 grams of methamphetamine, 4 grams of heroin, 8 ounces of marijuana and multiple amounts of prescription drugs. Officers also found two firearms, including one that was reported stolen in Anderson County, in the car, and approximately $36,000 in cash. Blagg was a person of interest in the investigation, with multiple felony drug convictions. Lee was charged with evading law enforcement in a motor vehicle and manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance. She was taken to the Anderson County Jail.

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