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Attempted home burglary ends with officer hospitalized, one dead, one in custody

Officers head into ETMC hospital after Frankston Police officer Jason Ward was airlifted there Thursday afternoon. Officers head into ETMC hospital after Frankston Police officer Jason Ward was airlifted there Thursday afternoon.
The scene of the crime, Frankston. The scene of the crime, Frankston.
The silver Cadillac (crime scene). The silver Cadillac (crime scene).
From Chopper 7 footage From Chopper 7 footage

An East Texas officer is hurt, a suspect is dead, and another suspect is in custody after an attempted burglary at an East Texas home.

We first broke the story on KLTV.com, and despite reports from other media, we want to make it clear, the officer was not shot. Officer Jason Ward of the Frankston Police Department is in a Tyler hospital. The hospital says his condition is undetermined at this time. During the pursuit, Officer Ward got into a scuffle with a suspect and was beaten about the head.

The incident started at a home on FM 19 in Anderson County as a home burglary call to Frankston Police around 2:30 pm. A silver Cadillac was spotted outside a house with two people in it. An alert neighbor called officials, and there was a brief chase that ended at Highway 155 and Reed Street, where the silver Cadillac crashed. A foot chase ensued, and shots were exchanged. Frankston High School was briefly locked down during the chase.

KLTV 7 News' Layron Livingston was on-scene, and talked to witnesses to the incident.

"Every town likes excitement, but not this excitment, you know."

The word excitement could be considered an understatement. Shetarika Baker was across the street when it all happened. "He came back to the car, tried to crank it up and leave. The car wouldn't go, so he got something out of the car and took off running," said Baker.  

Frankston Police began chasing the silver Cadillac. The suspects were two men authorities say robbed a home earlier in the afternoon. They wrecked out just north of town at the corner of Highway 155 and Reed Street. One of the men was immediately taken into custody, the other took off on foot.

Authorities say moments later, a fight broke out between the suspects and authorities. Then a shootout began.

"That's when I heard the shots...I'd say 8-10 of them," said Mike Ballard.

One Frankston police officer was flown to a Tyler hospital. The other suspect was shot, and is now dead. His family members stood by in disbelief as the investigation continued.

"They won't even let us go see if it's him, but his car is up against a tree," said Jacquelen Barker.

"I understand it's a crime scene, but I'd still like to see, you know, see my son," said Louis Cofer.

KLTV 7 has confirmed the dead man's name as Jason Jermaine Cumby, 29, of Athens.

The other suspect was taken into custody.

Henderson County deputies who just happened to be in the area for a funeral were also on scene assisting in the investigation, and KLTV 7 has been told that the Texas Rangers have taken over the investigation into the incident.

Layron Livingston, reporting. llivingston@kltv.com

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