LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - Lukfin resident Rayford Leach is reported as being in stable condition after being shot for backing into a U.S. Marshal Monday evening.
Leach was wanted by the state of Texas for a parole violation stemming from an earlier conviction for aggravated robbery. He was originally sentenced to life in Harris County in February 1986 and released in August 2008.
In April 2009 a warrant for his arrest was issued in Angelina County for making terroristic threats.
Leach was shot by U.S. marshals after he attempted to run over law enforcement officers attempting to serve a warrant.
U.S. marshals, agents with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Office of Inspector General, and officers with the Livingston Police Department were conducting surveillance of an R.V. park where Leach was reported to be living with a girlfriend.
Marshals said Leach was spotted around 4:30 p.m., driving north on U.S. Highway 79 in a gold Chevy Malibu. Officers attempted to block Leach's vehicle in as he sat at a red light.
Leach then began driving in reverse, as officers approached the car, striking the vehicle behind him. Marshals said it was when Leach attempted to ram through the barricade, that a deputy U.S. marshal fired his gun at Leach.
Leach was shot in his left shoulder. He was transported by helicopter to Herman Hospital in Houston. The injured deputy U.S. marshal was transported to a hospital in Livingston. His condition is not known.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is conducting an investigation into the incident.