TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - The Lindale Police Department has announced that the suspect who is wanted in connection to a shooting that occurred last week has been captured after a multi-agency manhunt that lasted several days.
Lindale PD made the announcement about Samuel Salas via its Facebook page Monday morning.
“Salas has been apprehended. Thank you all for being patient with the law enforcement officers involved,” the Facebook post stated. “Smith County Sheriff will most likely make a news release at a later time for more information.”
According to an e-mail from Sgt. Larry Christian, a spokesman for the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, Salas was captured in Wood County at about 10:45 a.m. Monday. Christian later added that Salas was found at a home in the 1800 block of FM 1801 near Mineola.
Salas’ capture prompted Lindale ISD to lift the lockout the school district had in place.
“Lindale ISD will resume as normal, and the ‘lockout’ has been lifted,” a post on the Lindale ISD Facebook page stated. “Thank you for your patience, trust, and understanding. The safety of our students and staff is and always will be our number one priority.”
Smith County deputies, Lindale Police Department officers, Precinct 5 Constable’s Office officers, and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers took part in the search. Search dogs were brought in as well.
Salas was wanted in connection to a shooting that occurred near Lindale on Thursday night. Salas currently has outstanding warrants for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and felon in possession of a firearm.
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