TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - Trinity Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly pointed a rifle at law enforcement officers several times early Wednesday morning before they shot at him because they were in fear for their lives.
According to Trinity Police Chief Steven Jones, 49-year-old Brent Singleton raised a rifle at officers several times after they tried to apprehend him. He is now on the loose.
Jones said one of his officers saw a sexual assault suspect in the Rudy's parking lot around 1 a.m. The TPD officer approached the suspect to question him. According to a report, Singleton was the driver of the vehicle the suspect was in. There was a rifle in plain view of the vehicle.
Authorities said Singleton then fled from officers. At 2:26 a.m. the TPD officer and a Trinity County Sheriff's deputy went to 107 Israel Otis Street to locate Singleton. Singleton raised a rifle and confronted the deputy inside the home. The authorities took cover to evaluate the situation.
The report stated that Singleton raised the rifle at authorities a second time. Both officers then shot at Singleton in fear of their lives. Singleton fled the scene and was able to escape a second time.
Singleton is charged with aggravated assault of a public servant. It was not clear if Singleton was injured following the confrontation.
"Citizens reported a suspect matching Singleton's profile walking in the alley behind several homes off West San Jacinto Street," the report stated. "The citizens reported the suspect was carrying a rifle with a scope. Officer Givens responded to the area, however was unable to locate him."
If you have any information as to Singleton's location, you are asked to contact the Trinity County Sheriff's Office at (936) 642-1424, the Trinity Police Department (936) 594-2505, or Trinity County Crime Stoppers (936) 642-2334.
Authorities warn residents not to make contact with Singleton if he is spotted. "Singleton is armed and dangerous," stated a post on the police department's Facebook page.