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DPS: Man killed in Upshur County officer-involved shooting pointed rifle at officers

By Staff Reports
Jan. 3, 2017 at 9:46 p.m.
Updated Jan. 4, 2017 at 11:35 a.m.

Crews work the scene Tuesday night of a fatal officer-involved shooting in Upshur County. (Screen shot from KETK video)

UPDATE: The Texas Department of Public Safety says a man shot and killed by law enforcement Tuesday evening in Upshur County pointed a rifle at officers before they shot him.

Dale Hightower, 53, was shot and later died at the scene.

Upshur County deputies responded to a check welfare call at about 8 p.m. to a residence in the 1700 block of Cottonwood Road southwest of Gimer, officials said. A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper also responded.

Upon arrival, officers heard screaming inside the residence, according to information released by DPS spokeswoman Jean Dark. A man, later identified as Hightower, exited the residence with a rifle and pointed the weapon at the deputies and trooper.

The officers feared for their lives and fired their weapons at the suspect and hitting him, according to Dark. First aid was administered, but Hightower died at the scene.

A woman was inside the residence at the time of the incident. She was unharmed.

PREVIOUS: Upshur County Sheriff Larry Webb confirmed this morning that Dale Hightower of Gilmer died in Tuesday night’s officer-involved shooting.

“I personally notified the family last night about the incident,” Webb said. Hightower’s exact age is unknown, but the incident happened near his home in the 1700 block of Cottonwood Road – about six miles southeast of Gilmer’s municipal airport.

“The investigation is ongoing, and the Texas Rangers will be doing it,” the sheriff said.

PREVIOUS: A man died Tuesday evening in an officer-involved shooting after he confronted several law enforcement officials, Upshur County Sheriff Larry Webb said.

The man's identity has not been released pending next of kin notification.

Upshur County deputies were called just before 8 p.m. to the 1700 block of Cottonwood Road on a check welfare call, Webb said.

Arriving officers were confronted by a man, Webb said. Shots were fired by an Upshur County deputy and a DPS trooper, Webb said.

The Upshur County deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave per department policy, Webb said. The employment status of the DPS trooper is unknown.

The case has been turned over to the Texas Rangers, Webb said.

PREVIOUS: An officer-involved shooting near Big Sandy is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, DPS spokeswoman Jean Dark said Tuesday evening.

The shooting occurred about 8 p.m. on Cottonwood Road in Upshur County, Dark said.

Upshur County Sheriff Larry Webb said all officers on the scene were safe.

"Right now, we're still on scene," Webb said. "We don't have a lot of information at this point."

News-Journal staffers heard police scanner traffic about the incident when it happened, but Big Sandy police would not confirm when called about 8:15 p.m.

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