A Hardin County Sheriff Deputy with the mental health division fired on a suspect who shot a crossbow at him during an altercation.
Identified as Taylor Kyle Shackelford, of Sour Lake, the injured suspect was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.
The incident began on Thursday, June 20, when family members contacted the county’s Mental Health Division of law enforcement, according to Hardin County Sheriff M. Davis.
An officer and a mental health care worker arrived at the home on the 30,000 block of the Old Sour Lake Road around 10:45 a.m.
“Authorities were communicating with the 38-year-old male when he emerged from his residence and shot the deputy with a crossbow,” Davis said.
The deputy was grazed above the left eye, and returned fire, striking the suspect.
Davis said that the deputy was taken to a Beaumont hospital for treatment and released later the same day.
Shackelford is charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, a first-degree felony.
“He will be formally arraigned in the coming days, as the medical treatment allows, and any bond amount will be determined at that time,” he said.
The Texas Rangers will take the lead in further investigation of the case.