A Glen Rose man is dead following an officer-involved shooting Thursday, March 27. And the investigation into the shooting is in the hands of state officials.
Sheriff Greg Doyle confirmed that Lonnie Duane "L.D." Baker, 58, was shot by a local deputy who was responding to a disturbance call around 8:30 p.m. last Thursday.
"Anytime there is an officer-involved shooting, law enforcement agencies seek an outside investigation," Doyle said, adding that the case is being investigated by Texas Ranger Tony Bradford, an investigator with the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The incident occurred in a heavily populated neighborhood in the 100 block of Bosque Street inside Glen Rose city limits, Chief Deputy Brian Peterson said.
"Dispatchers received a report of a disturbance at that location," Peterson added. "It was reported that screams could be heard coming from a residence, and the individual reporting the disturbance also said that a gunshot had been fired."
Responding to the scene, deputies were reportedly confronted with a pistol, and one of the law enforcement officials - who is not being named at this time - fired a shot, according to Peterson.
Baker was reportedly pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after the incident, and his remains were sent to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office.
A funeral service was held this week - Wednesday, April 2.
The deputy is on paid administrative leave.
"It is standard practice for officers to be placed on leave when they are involved in a shooting," Peterson said.
Officials said in a small city where everybody knows everyone, the investigation is an emotional one.
"Being in a small community, an incident like this affects a lot of people," Peterson said. "There is always a concern for everyone involved - deputies, the family of the deceased and the community as a whole."
Meanwhile, Doyle called the incident uncommon, saying there has not been an officer-involved shooting in "modern times."
"I have been here since 1990, and this is definitely the first that I know about," the sheriff said.
Citing the ongoing investigation, officials said the name of the deputy and additional details are being withheld at this time. They also said the sheriff's department will be removed from the investigation and will not share additional details on the incident until the investigation is complete.