UPDATED: Fritch Man Dead After Officer Involved Shooting Near Borger
BREAKING NEWS - HUTCHINSON COUNTY
Friday, March 18 - At approximately 8:30 this morning, a Deputy with the Hutchinson County Sheriff's Office responded to a dispatch requesting a welfare check located near FM 2171.
The reporting party had stated that "a man [was] running in and out of traffic", putting his safety as well as the safety of the public at risk.
According to preliminary reports, shortly after the Deputy arrived on scene he fired several shots at the subject, Billy Paul Mitchell (30) of Fritch. Mitchell was pronounced dead on the scene.
The Texas Rangers are investigating this incident and more information will be provided as it becomes available.
UPDATE: DPS RELEASES SUMMARY OF INCIDENT
Sergeant Cindy Barkley with the Texas Department of Public Safety issued an official statement in regards to the officer involved shooting that took place earlier today near Borger.
As per the initial report:
Hutchinson County Sheriff Deputies responded to a check persons/welfare check call for an individual who was walking in the center of the road near State Highway 152 and Spring Creek Road.
When the Hutchinson County Deputy arrived on scene and contacted the individual, later identified as 31-year-old Billy Mitchell, of Fritch, TX. Mitchell advanced towards the deputy armed with a knife, and attacked the deputy. The Deputy was injured in the attack and has knife wounds.
The deputy discharged his service weapon and struck Mitchell. Mitchell was pronounced deceased on scene. The Deputy was treated for his wounds on scene and is expected to make a full recovery.
This is an open investigation and no further information is available.
Cindy Barkley, Sergeant
Texas Department of Public Safety
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