Suspect in underwear shot twice by deputy in Lee County

Authorities say a man got into a truck and rammed their patrol car. A Lee County Sheriff's deputy fired at the truck, striking the suspect on Feb. 8, 2017. (Courtesy: Giddings Times & News/Frank Smith)
Authorities say a man got into a truck and rammed their patrol car. A Lee County Sheriff's deputy fired at the truck, striking the suspect on Feb. 8, 2017. (Courtesy: Giddings Times & News/Frank Smith)

LEE COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A man who rammed a Lee County Sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle Wednesday night was shot twice in the chest by a deputy.

The sheriff’s office was called to County Road 424 in Dime Box, about 20 miles northeast of Giddings, after a 911 call about a “suspicious acting person.” Investigators told The Giddings Times & News the suspect was only in his underwear when they approached him and he refused to comply.

The newspaper says the deputies used a stun gun, which failed to subdue the man. The suspect, identified as Robert Louis Luza, 66, of Burton, Texas, then jumped into his truck, ignoring commands from the deputies and drove through a closed gate.

Luza then drove towards Deputy Byron Holloway, ramming the back of his patrol car and knocking it into another patrol car. Deputies say Luza then backed up and rammed Holloway’s vehicle a second time.

Deputy David Jessup then fired three shots, striking Luza twice in the chest. The suspect was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan, Texas and was last reported as unresponsive, but in stable condition.

Officers were not hurt in the shooting, but a firearm was found in the front seat of Luza’s truck. The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting. Following standard protocol for law enforcement, Deputy Jessup has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Deputy shoots and injures a man during a call on Feb. 8, 2017. (Courtesy; Giddings Times & News/Frank Smith)
Deputy shoots and injures a man during a call on Feb. 8, 2017. (Courtesy; Giddings Times & News/Frank Smith)

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