LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - A family member of a 54-year-old Lufkin man who is accused of shooting at a Corrigan police officer during an Aug. 23 traffic stop contacted Deep East Texas Crime Stoppers after a story asking for the public's help aired on KTRE.
Marshals from the US Marshals Service Gulf Coast Violent Task Force caught Derrie Derwin Scott in Montgomery County on Sept. 15, Corrigan Police Chief Darrell Gibson said.
Derrie Derwin Scott, 54, of Lufkin is being held in the Polk County Jail on a first-degree felony attempted capital murder of a peace officer charge and a state-jail felony evading arrest with a vehicle charge. He has also been charged with two bond surrenders and four probation violations.
Collectively, Scott's bail amount has been set at $147,500. However, no bail has set for the evading charge and three of the probation violations.
According to the arrest affidavit East Texas News obtained Tuesday, Texas Ranger Ryan Clendennen was able to identify Scott and his vehicle thanks to multiple tips provided by local law enforcement, anonymous callers, and Scott's family.
The tip from one of Scott's family members came on Aug. 27. When Clendennen contacted the family member, that person said she saw a picture of Scott and his vehicle "on TV when a local news media aired the photographs from the officer's video and requested information about the Corrigan shooting incident."
The family member told the Texas Ranger that he or she had seen Scott wearing the same clothing and rubber boots seen in the officer's dash cam video. She also said that she had seen Scott driving the brown-colored Jeep Cherokee with a paper tag before the shooting incident.
After Clendennen compared Scott's driver's license photo to the dash cam video, he was able to ID him as the suspect in the shooting incident. The Texas Ranger then had an analyst put together a photo lineup, and Austin McCracken, the Corrigan police officer Scott allegedly shot at, was able to identify Scott as the man who shot at him and then tried to run him over.
When Scott was arrested in Montgomery County, he was charged with 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.
According to Gibson, McCracken 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, who was later identified as Scott, 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 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.
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. 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.