Bastrop Sheriff’s Office back-pedals on if victim actually had gun

BASTROP  (KXAN) — The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office confirms a deputy shot and killed a woman Sunday. Officials say 28-year-old Daniel Willis shot 47-year-old Yvette Smith.

The shooting happened at a home in the 100 block of Zimmerman Avenue, just north of Bastrop.

“I was asleep, and I heard gun shots,” said Jo Martinez. He lives right across the street from the home where the shooting happened.

Deputies showed up to 105 Zimmerman Ave. at 12:33 a.m. following a 911 call from a woman about a disturbance involving two men at the residence. While deputies were on the way, the caller told dispatchers the men were fighting over a gun.

Sheriff’s Department officials say the deputies tried to make verbal contact with the people inside the home, asking them all to come outside. Their commands were disregarded, according to sheriff’s officials.

The sheriff’s office released a statement early Sunday saying Smith came to the door with a gun and that she did not follow deputies’ orders. The release stated that is why Deputy Willis opened fire.

As Sunday progressed, The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office issued another release stating that they could not confirm whether Smith actually did have a firearm or was actually ignoring Willis’s commands.

Smith was transported to St. David’s Emergency Clinic in Bastrop where she died. Officials are not able to confirm whether the woman who called 911 was the person killed. They say no one else was injured in the incident.

“Now that this has happened, it just makes us insecure here,” said Martinez, “It’s tragic.  I think I speak for every body saying, I don’t think we can ever trust the police after this.”

Willis has been placed on administrative leave according to agency policy. He has been with Bastrop County since May of 2013.

The Texas Rangers are assisting in the investigation.

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