Man killed after threatening Silsbee officer, Hardin County deputy with handgun

UPDATE from The Texas Rangers--

"The Texas Rangers (DPS) have identified the suspect in yesterday’s officer-involved shooting as Homer Woodroe Tyler Jr., 51, from Fred, Texas."

Original post--

The Texas Rangers are overseeing the investigation into the fatal shooting of a 51-year-old man from Fred after a Hardin County deputy and a Silsbee police officer fired at him when they say the man threatened them with a handgun following threats to harm his family and law enforcement.

According to the Sheriff's Office, it was contacted at about 2:15 a.m. Saturday by someone reporting that a suspect had made threats to harm his family and law enforcement. The caller said the man had a firearm and was driving a pickup truck to a family member's home in Hardin County.

Officers from the Silsbee Police Department and Hardin County Sheriff's Office spotted the man in a truck at about 3 a.m. near Highway 418 and FM 92 in Silsbee. They conducted a traffic stop in the 900 block of FM 92 just north of Silsbee.

The deputy and officer say the man got out of his truck in the parking lot of a business and immediately threatened them with a handgun. According to the Sheriff's Office, one Silsbee officer and one Sheriff's Deputy discharged their service weapons in response to the threat. The man was struck at least once by the gunfire and died at the scene. He is described as a 51-year-old man from Fred.

No officers were injured. The Texas Rangers have been contacted and have taken the lead role in the investigation, which is standard protocol with an officer-involved shooting.

The names of the Officers and the suspect have not been released at this time.

KFDM//Fox 4 reporter Chris Mullooly is covering the story. Watch KFDM News at 6 and 10 with Jessica Crawford and Fox 4 at 9 for updates and reaction.

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