The Herald Banner, Greenville, Texas
A suspect believed to have stabbed three people in Quinlan late Wednesday and then fled the scene with two teen-age stabbing victims in his vehicle was shot and killed by a Hunt County sheriff’s deputy after a chase, the Herald-Banner has learned.
Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks told the Herald-Banner late Wednesday evening that an unidentified suspect had reportedly stabbed three people – including a 17-year-old female and an 18-year-old male – in a home on Telegraph Road just outside Quinlan city limits.
The initial call came in at about 8:35 p.m., according to scanner traffic. A caller told dispatch that the suspect was leaving the scene in his vehicle and gave a description, Meeks said.
A Hunt County deputy – whom Meeks declined to identify – was the first to arrive on the scene, and as he approached the location he spotted a vehicle matching that of the suspect leaving the scene. The deputy “flipped on his lights, turned around, and the suspect took off,” the sheriff said.
The deputy chased the suspect toward the intersection of Panther Path and Highway 34, near the Thompson Middle School, where the suspect wrecked his vehicle, Meeks said.
The suspect immediately jumped out of the vehicle and “charged the deputy, and the deputy shot him three or four times,” killing the suspect, Meeks told the Herald-Banner.
The two teen-age stabbing victims were in the backseat of the suspect’s vehicle, Meeks said. “From what we understand they were taken from the home where the stabbing occurred against their will by the suspect,” the sheriff said.
Those two victims were taken to Hunt Regional Medical Center emergency room in Greenville, he said. Their conditions were not immediately available as of this writing.
A third victim, an adult male at the site of the stabbing on Telegraph Road, was taken to the emergency room in Quinlan, Meeks said.
The sheriff said he did not know whether or how the victims or suspect were related or whether the incident began as a domestic disturbance, because the investigation had just gotten under way.
Deputies had set up crime scene blockades at both sites and were investigating further at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, the sheriff said.
The deputy who shot the suspect has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, as is normal practice in an officer-involved shooting, Meeks said.
The Texas Rangers are leading the investigation into the officer-involved shooting, he said.
The Herald-Banner will have additional updates on this incident online at HeraldBanner.com on Thursday.
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