Law enforcement officials identify deputies, 2 injured in Tyler shooting

Law enforcement officials identify deputies, 2 injured in Tyler shooting
Officer involved shooting (Source: Natalie Battles)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Law enforcement officials have identified two deputies and two people who were shot during an incident that occurred Sunday near Whataburger on Gentry Parkway in Tyler.

Police say Khalil Collins, 22 of Hawkins was transported to the hospital from the scene of the shooting and has been released.  Brandon Woods, 22 of Hawkins went to the hospital at 6 a.m. and is still in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police say.

The Smith County Sheriff's Office identified the law enforcement officers involved as Deputies Albert Escobedo and Vicente Barrientos. The Tyler Police Department confirms Barrientos fired a shot which struck Collins. Deputy Barrientos is on routine administrative leave and the details of the incident remain under investigation at this time.

Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said once the deputies responded, they were acting in their role as peace officers.

"They immediately went to that location, AutoZone and [...] at this point when it goes from enforcing Whataburger rules where they're working part-time to a law enforcement issue, they're off the clock at Whataburger [and] they're on my clock," he said.

Smith said the deputies did the right thing and responded appropriately.

Tyler Police Department said they received 911 calls around 2:17 a.m. on Sunday in reference to a report of several shots fired in the area of the 1900 block of W. Gentry Parkway.

As officers arrived, they reported a very large crowd of people gathered in the parking lots of Whataburger and AutoZone. Officers were met by two Smith County Sheriff's Office deputies who advised them that they were working security off-duty at Whataburger.

Officials at the scene said they heard several gunshots coming from the area next door at AutoZone. They responded immediately to the parking lot of AutoZone and identified a vehicle that was occupied and involved with the shots fired incident.

Police say a second round of gunfire erupted that involved a Smith County Sheriff's Office deputy. The details of what occurred are still being investigated., police say. The deputies were not struck by gunfire and their names are not being released at this time, according to PIO Don Martin.

Tyler Investigators say they believe that this all stemmed from a robbery that occurred at the 220 Lounge, located on Glenwood Street earlier in the night.

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