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2 Vidor officers on paid leave as Texas Ranger investigates fatal shooting

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Two Vidor police officers are on paid administrative leave after a shooting that left a 41-year-old man dead.

The confrontation between Joe Greer and the officers happened in the 1700 block of East Railroad Street.  This is near the intersection with Rearick Road.

Vidor Police Chief David Shows said there was a physical altercation that led to the officers shooting Greer.  He said he cannot release further details because Texas Ranger Bobby Smith is leading the investigation.

Greer's own parents called police.  They said they never thought it would lead to his death. 

Greer's mother, Anna Marie, said her son was going to turn 42-years-old on July 16.  She said she is devastated because he was the youngest of her three sons, and the remaining surviving son until Friday evening.  She told 12News her son had been having emotional problems since breaking up with his girlfriend and on Friday he busted their sliding door after getting upset because his parents were going to ask him to leave.

Greer's father, James Al Greer Sr., called police, and Greer fled on foot.

Police found him about a block away and that is where the shooting happened.

Greer's parents said their son had a knife, but his father believes police could have dealt with him without killing him.

James Al Greer Sr. said, "They could have stunned him or shot him in the leg, but when I hear 4 to 10 times, I call that murder by the Vidor police."

But even though family and some neighbors say they heard multiple shots, Chief Shows says he is not releasing how many shots the officers fired since it is all part of the investigation, which he says is in its early stages.

Greer is survived by his parents and a 15-year-old son.



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