Southeast Texas officers kill gunman in traffic stop

Posted at 8:15 AM, May 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-28 09:15:01-04

SILSBEE, Texas (AP) – Texas Rangers are investigating the fatal shooting of a 51-year-old man in Southeast Texas after authorities say he threatened officers with a handgun.   

Authorities say police from Silsbee and Hardin County sheriff’s deputies pulled over the man Saturday for a traffic stop and he emerged from his truck carrying a handgun.   

Sheriff Mark Davis tells Beaumont television station KFDM that when the gunman threatened the officers, they fired.   

Authorities say he was pulled over in response to a call about a man threatening harm to his family and law enforcement.  None of the officers was hurt.   

The victim is identified only as a man from Fred, just north of Silsbee.   Silsbee is about 20 miles (32.19 kilometers) north of Beaumont and 100 miles (160.93 kilometers) northeast of Houston.   

Information from: KFDM-TV,

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