Authorities: Teenager dies after Livingston woman shoots him in head

Authorities: Teenager dies after Livingston woman shoots him in head

POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A 16-year-old boy died Saturday after getting shot in the head by a Livingston woman Friday, according to Polk County authorities.

A press release from the sheriff's office states deputies arrived at Easy Street Friday after a report of a shooting. When they arrived, they learned the teenager, identified in an arrest warrant affidavit as Rhett Lathan, had arrived at the Livingston hospital by automobile with a gunshot wound to the head.

At 10:06 a.m., on Saturday, deputies arrested Rachel Nicole Leggett, 42, on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.

Later that day, Lathan died.

Sheriff Kenneth Hammack said Texas Rangers and the district attorney's office are investigating the case. The matter will then be referred to a grand jury for consideration of additional charges.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Leggett said she was standing at her front door to her home when a vehicle went into her yard driving in an "erratic manner." She then got her 22-caliber rifle and fired toward the vehicle an unknown amount of times.

Lathan's passenger, Tanner Martin, 16, said Lathan was driving a Ford F-150, which belonged to Lathan. They pulled into the driveway expecting to attend a party hosted by Leggett's son, but left when they figured he was not at the home. Martin said Lathan pulled into the driveway, backed up in an effort to turn around and placed the truck into drive and began to leave the property when the shots were fired.

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