Liberty Deputy Narrowly Misses Being Shot
CLEVELAND, July 23, 2014 - Liberty County Sheriff’s Patrol Captain Mark Ellington reports that one of his Deputies was walking out of the Court House Annex building in Cleveland, Texas early this morning at approximately 12:30am when he heard five rapid gun shots. The Deputy was walking towards his patrol vehicle and was at the driver’s side front fender when two of the bullets struck the windshield of his patrol unit, missing the Deputy by about 18” to 24”. The strike area of the other three bullets were not found. Fortunately, the Deputy was not injured.
The Deputy reported to Capt. Ellington the gun shots appeared to have come from an apartment complex across the street from the Annex building or from a wooded area immediately adjacent to the apartment. Sheriff’s Deputies and the Cleveland Police Department Officers responded immediately to the scene which was searched but the suspect was not located. This is the first such incident of its kind in Liberty County to anyone’s knowledge
The Cleveland Police Department is conducting the follow up investigation as the offense occurred within their jurisdiction. Any further information as to the result of their investigation will be coming from that department.
Both the Sheriff’s Department as well as the Cleveland Police Department are asking for any information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for this senseless criminal act.