HARDIN COUNTY, Texas — The Kountze man killed after allegedly threatening a deputy on Monday afternoon is the fourth person to be shot by Hardin County deputies in the past 18 months.
12News archives show the deputy-involved shootings occurred under a variety of circumstances.
- October 7, 2019
On Monday afternoon Joshua Conner, 31, was fatally shot and killed by a deputy after threatening him with a knife as well as a large tree limb according to Hardin County Sheriff Mark Davis.
A family member had reported around 3 p.m. that they were assaulted by Conner who then stole their car and left the home according to Davis.
While the deputy was at the home Conner returned in the stolen car, parked in the driveway and began to approach the deputy Sheriff Davis said.
He was armed with a knife and was holding a large tree limb as he approached the deputy according to Davis.
"Deputy gave commands to drop the weapons, to surrender. He refused and kept advancing on the deputy," said Davis.
"The deputy was forced to use his duty weapon and shoot the offender to protect himself,” he said.
- June 20, 2019
In June 2019 a Hardin County deputy shot and wounded a 38-year-old man who shot him in the face with a crossbow.
A deputy and a Spindletop Center crisis worker went to a residence on Old Sour Lake road after the family of Taylor Kyle Shackelford requested assistance for the mental health division at the sheriff’s office.
While the two were talking to Shackelford he came outside and shot the deputy with the crossbow according to previous reports.
Shackelford was charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, according to a first degree felony warrant issued by Hardin County Justice of the Peace Chris Ingram.
The deputy was hit above the left eye and was conscious and alert when he was taken to the hospital, Davis said, adding that the arrow did not penetrate his skull.
- March 10, 2019
In March 2019 a deputy shot Michael Terrell McCray who deputies say he attempted to run them down with car.
McCray was accused of trying to run over a deputy and crashing into a squad car after deputies say they tried to question him at a home where a domestic disturbance had taken place on March 10.
Before he died McCray was charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer (1st degree felony), evading arrest with a motor vehicle (state jail felony), and violation of a protective order (Class A misdemeanor) according to a Hardin County Sheriff's Office news release.
- May 26, 2018
In May 2018 Homer Woodroe Tyler Jr., 51, of Fred, was shot by a Silsbee Officer and a Hardin County Deputy after he’d been reported to be driving around in the early morning hours after threatening family members.
He was shot and killed during a traffic stop near Hwy 92 and FM 418 when he got out of his truck and threatened the officer and deputy with a gun.
Woodroe died at the scene but it is unclear whether a bullet from the officer or the deputy killed him.