TRINITY COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) – A Groveton man is recovering after a Trinity County Sheriff's deputy shot him Tuesday night. The Texas Rangers are investigating the incident.
According to Trinity Co. Sheriff Ralph Montemayor, three deputies and Groveton PD responded to a family violence/domestic call. Between 7:10 and 7:15 PM shots were fired at a residence on the 400 block of W. 2nd Street in Groveton.
The emergency call was from a wife who said she was scared that her husband, Joshua Roberts, was going to hurt her and/or her three children. Montemayor says at some point Roberts was shot by Deputy Kim Bruner; however, he would not go into the details of how it happened. He did say officers believed Roberts owned a shotgun.
Montemayor says Roberts is currently in stable condition at Lufkin Memorial Hospital and is scheduled for surgery.
Chief Deputy Billy Patton says Texas Ranger Steve Rayburn of Conroe is investigating.
A neighbor of the victim, Dwight Woof of Groveton, says he heard three shots fired at a residence on W. 2nd St behind the Brookshire Brothers store. He says he was sitting in his yard a block away.
Neighbor Jason Turner recalls watching the dramatic scene from his front yard.
"I heard him and wife fighting -- Josh and his old lady fighting and I come outside and the law was here," Turner said.
"We received a 911 call from a lady was in distress, she was afraid for herself and her three children," Montemayor said. "Her husband was on a rampage. He was brandishing a gun."
Turner says it all happened so fast.
What happened, he says, was a complete shock.
"He was standing on the front door saying come on if you want to shoot me, shoot me and he turned and run back inside," Turner said. "That's when one of the deputies shot him right in the back or I guess hit him right here and came out the front."
Wolf heard the shots from down the block.
"First of all, they never should have shot in the house, they should've never pulled a gun," Wolf said. "They should've called him outside."
Turner agrees and says Roberts' wife confided in him.
"I talked to her but I didn't want to get into it she said she thought they used excessive force," he said.
Wolf hopes this serves as a wake-up call to the community.
"These laws will do whatever you let them so if they think you're not going to talk, then you don't have voice," Wolf said.
Montemayor is confident his deputies followed procedure.