MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - US marshals arrested a 54-year-old Lufkin man Thursday who is accused of shooting at a Corrigan police officer after a traffic stop on State Highway 287.
Marshals from the US Marshals Service Gulf Coast Violent Task Force caught Derrie Derwin Scott in Montgomery County, according to Corrigan Police Chief Darrell Gibson.
At this time, Scott is still being held in the Montgomery County Jail on eight felony charges and two misdemeanor charges – attempted capital murder of a peace officer, two unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, three possession of a controlled substance or a prescription drug, two evading arrest with a vehicle charges, a resisting arrest charge, and a possession of marijuana charge.
His bail amount has been set at $27,500 for two of the charges.
According to Gibson, a CPD officer stopped an eastbound dark-colored early 2000s model Jeep Cherokee in the 1600 block of SH 287 East for doing 77 mph in a 55 mph speed zone early in the morning hours of Aug. 23.
When the Corrigan PD officer made contact with the driver of the Jeep, a black man in his 30s with a mustache wearing a construction vest, he told the officer that his driver's license was in a backpack on the backseat behind his seat Gibson said.
Gibson said the officer told the man that he could get his license.
After the driver, who was later identified as Scott, got out of the SUV, he seemed to be very nervous, Gibson said. The officer couldn't see the man's right hand.
The Corrigan PD officer told the man, "Let me see your hands."
At that point, the man allegedly pointed a hand gun at the officer.
The officer told the suspect, "I said don't move," Gibson said.
Then the man fired at least one shot at the CPD officer, who drew his own weapon. Gunshots were exchanged, Gibson said.
The driver realized that he didn't put the Cherokee into park when it started moving down the shoulder of the road, and he ran to it.
"The subject realized that the vehicle was in drive, and he ran to his vehicle," Gibson said, "He proceeded to make a circle that left black marks in the road."
After he got back into the SUV, he made a U-turn and intentionally struck the Corrigan PD officer's patrol unit, knocking its mirror off, Gibson said. The suspect then headed west toward Groveton.
Officials say they won't stop searching until this subject is brought to justice.
The Corrigan PD officer was not injured in the incident.
Back in 2014, Lufkin Police Department officers arrested Scott and another man on three felony charges after a traffic stop on North Timberland Drive. At that time, Scott was charged with third-degree felony unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, state-jail felony evading arrest with a vehicle, state-jail felony possession of a controlled substance, and numerous misdemeanor charges.
According to the police report, Scott was driving a Chevrolet van in the 2300 block of Timberland Drive when LPD officers tried to make a traffic stop on his vehicle at approximately 9:03 p.m. He allegedly tried to evade them with his vehicle and was stopped a short time later.
When the Lufkin Police searched Scott, they allegedly found that he was in possession of a small amount of cocaine and a Taurus .38 Special revolver.
Both Scott and the passenger in the van were arrested without further incident and transported to the Angelina County Jail.