Sulphur Springs Police responded Sunday evening at about 5:51 to investigate a report that a man was armed and had threatened to harm himself and others. Officers located the suspect in the Royal Inn Motel parking lot, and a brief foot chase ended with the individual pointing a handgun at the officers. A Sulphur Springs Police Officer fired his weapon, striking the suspect. Officers applied First Aid to the suspect, but he died of his wounds. They have not identified the suspect, and the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the investigation by Texas Rangers.
Sulphur Springs Police Department
On Monday, January 2, 2023, at 5:51 pm, officers with the Sulphur Springs Police Department and Hopkins County Sheriff’s Department responded to the area of Holiday Drive in Sulphur Springs about an individual that had a handgun and was threatening to harm himself and others. The complainant stated that the individual left the area on foot after making these threats.
A short time later, officers located the individual in a vehicle in the Royal Inn Parking lot at 1233 South Broadway Street. The individual fled from the car on foot with the handgun when confronted. Officers gave pursuit, and later the individual pointed the gun at the officers, and a Sulphur Springs Police Officer fired his weapon, striking the suspect.
Officers administered first aid to the individual, but the individual succumbed to his injuries. Justice of the Peace B.J. Teer pronounced the deceased.
The department is not releasing the individual’s name at this time. The officer is on administrative leave during this initial investigation. The Texas Rangers are investigating this incident. You should direct any questions or information to the Texas Rangers in Garland.