A press release from Bosque County Sheriff Charles E. Jones said a Bosque County Deputy shot and killed a man suspected of a sexual assault near Meridian.
On Wednesday, Oct. 8, the sheriff’s office received reports of a sexual assault at gunpoint that occurred at a roadside park on Highway 22.
The suspect had already fled the scene when officers arrived. Witnesses described the suspect as a Hispanic male and told the officers what type of vehicle he drove.
About an hour later, a deputy reported finding a vehicle matching the description parked outside a residence on Highway 22. The officer checked the license plate number and discovered the vehicle was reported stolen out of Fort Worth.
The deputy approached the vehicle and two men who were working on the vehicle.
He then asked the men for identification. One of then men fit the description of the suspect.
The man could not provide any kind of identification and attempted to flee the scene when the officer tried to check the man for weapons.
The suspect then walked to the passenger side of the vehicle, ignoring repeated commands from the officer to stop and lay down on the ground.
The deputy requested back up and drew his weapon. The suspect then approached the deputy with a gun pointed at the officer, who then fired two shots at the suspect, hitting him twice.
Justice of the Peace Jamie Zander pronounced the suspect dead at the scene at approximately 3 p.m.
Investigators later discovered the suspect was a registered sex offender in Bosque County and had an extensive criminal record.
The second man at the scene is reportedly not connected to the suspect. After fleeing the scene of the alleged sexual assault, the suspect ran out of gas and the second man was attempting to help him and was not aware of the suspect’s actions or history before the deputy arrived.
The deputy involved in the shooting was placed on paid administrative leave until a full investigation is completed. He is not expected to face any charges.
The report said further details of the incident would not be released until the investigation is complete.