LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina County Sheriff's Office has placed a deputy who shot a mental health patient during a scuffle on administrative leave per department policy.
"The Texas Rangers are continuing their investigation," Lt. Brett Maisel said. "We look to forward to when they are complete and more facts as to not only what happened Friday in Walker County but what lead up to this event."
Sheriff Greg Sanches said the patient has survived the gunshot to the torso and is recovering in a Houston hospital.
"We have the safety of our deputy in mind but we also have the safety of the person injured in mind," Maisel said.
The deputy was driving the patient from a Lufkin facility to a Conroe facility when the two somehow got in a struggle. The deputy shot the patient in the torso outside a church in Riverside in Walker County.
"We are thankful that our deputy was not seriously injured during the incident," Sanches said. "We also want to thank the person who stopped during the incident and assisted our deputy in restraining the person who was being transported."
Maisel said when dealing with mental patients, deputies have a lot to consider.
"The officer just has to make the best judgment they can at the time with the facts that are known to them," Maisel said.