LOCKHART, Texas (KXAN) — The Texas Rangers are investigating a how and why a law enforcement shot and killed a suspect on Friday morning.
Lockhart police said they were originally called around 4:22 a.m. to backup Caldwell County deputies looking for a suspect involved in a burglary in the 1000 block of South Main Street.
At 4:27 a.m., a deputy on the scene was flagged down by the initial complainant who had located the suspect near the Dairy Queen directly behind the burglary victim’s home. The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office says the deputy told other officers on the scene the suspect had armed himself with a shovel.
Moments later, shots were fired by law enforcement. The suspect died at the scene.
The crime scene tape was taken down at 11 a.m. from around the home where Rangers spent much time investigating. Windows at the home were broken out while officers with metal detectors searched the field across the street for much of the morning. The suspect’s body was lying near the edge of the field where the grass meets the pavement from the road.
Beth Butler lives on the opposite corner at the intersection of Main and State Park Road and has never feared for her safety in the city where she chose to retire.
“We have not had a bit of trouble as far anyone bothering us,” she said. “I have never had anything stolen out of my yard.”
A KXAN investigation revealed problems with Lockhart deputies caught on a home surveillance video in March. The Central Texas man said police were “untruthful in their official reporting.”