Eagle Staff Report

A suspect died after being shot by law enforcement officers at the end of a standoff near Snook early Wednesday morning after a warrant for his arrest on Tuesday night turned into a standoff, officials said. Texas Department of Public Safety.

The suspect has been identified as James Matalice Smith, 41, of Somerville.

Burleson County Deputy Chief John Pollock was shot in the initial altercation after he tried to serve a warrant for his arrest on Tuesday night. He was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan and remained in stable condition Wednesday afternoon.

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DPS officials said around 3 a.m. Wednesday that Smith had left the home and that law enforcement expected him to turn himself in. As they tried to arrest him, Smith pulled a gun on DPS soldiers, hitting one soldier in the arm. Law enforcement returned fire, shooting Smith, who was pronounced dead after being treated by Burleson County Emergency Medical Services.

The soldier was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan with non-life-threatening injuries and is in stable condition.

The situation began around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday when Burleson County deputies attended a residence on FM 60 near Snook with an arrest warrant. Smith fired at the deputies and barricaded himself in the house, according to Sgt. Justin Ruiz with DPS.


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