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Grand jury indicts man who shot at 2 Crockett PD officers

D'Eric Branford (Source: Houston County Jail) D'Eric Branford (Source: Houston County Jail)
Richard Allred (Source: Houston County Jail) Richard Allred (Source: Houston County Jail)
Alan Brown (Source: Houston County Jail) Alan Brown (Source: Houston County Jail)
CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) -

A Houston County grand jury has indicted the 18-year-old man who is accused of firing shots at two Crockett Police Department officers on June 30.

The Houston County grand jury indicted D’Eric Branford, of Crockett, on two aggravated assault of a public servant charges. Back in early August, a Houston County justice of the peace set Branford’s bail amount at $500,000.

According to a press release, two uniformed Crockett PD officers were riding together in a marked patrol unit at the Pine Ridge Apartment Complex in the 100 block of Martin King Jr. Boulevard when the alleged incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The two officers were parked at the intersection of the apartment complex’s private drive and Martin Luther King Boulevard when they heard several shots coming from behind their patrol unit.

One of the gunshots broke the back window of the patrol unit.

The two Crockett PD officers called for backup, and several patrol units headed their way to assist them.

Acting on numerous tips from residents of the apartment complex, the Crockett Police Department quickly identified a suspect and located him a short time later. Branford was detained near the scene of the shooting incident and taken to the police department for questioning.

Officials with the Crockett Police Department said that several witnesses came forward and identified Branford as the person who fired the shots at the police officers.

“Both officers are uninjured in the shooting and showed great bravery in gathering themselves and communicating with dispatch and providing information that led to the capture of the suspect in the shooting,” the press release stated. “There are no other suspects in the shooting but there are other suspects that are being investigated that had contact with Branford right after the shooting and may have assisted in destroying evidence from the investigation. Further investigation will follow in this regard and more arrest are possible.”

Branford was later arrested and charged with the two aggravated assault of a police officer charges.

Some of Branford’s family members told East Texas News they don’t think he meant to shoot at the Crockett Police officers. Other residents in that area of Crockett said they don’t believe Branford was the shooter at all.

The Houston County grand jury also indicted two of the three suspects arrested back in August after a week-long investigation by the Texas Attorney General’s office, the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, and the Houston Fugitive Apprehension Unit.

Richard Brent Allred, 51, of Lufkin, and Alan Ray Brown, 57, of Longview, were both indicted on felony online solicitation of a minor charges.

According to an arrest affidavit, members of the unit worked an undercover investigation on multiple online websites. The unit members presented themselves as minors and set up individual meetings with the three.

On August 3, agents set up a meet with Allred. According to a press release, an undercover agent using the persona of a 15-year-old male made contact with Allred on a public personals website, the release stated 

Allred sent email messages to the “child” and solicited him to meet for purposes of engaging in sexual intercourse. Allred traveled to the predetermined meeting location in Crockett where he was taken into custody by OAG investigators. During an interview, Allred admitted to conversing via e-mail with a person he believed to be a 15-year-old male and to traveling to Crockett to meet him for sex.

On August 1, agents arrested Brown. According to the release, using the persona of a 14-year-old female, an undercover investigation was contacted on a personals website. Brown sent sexually explicit messages to the “child” and solicited her to meet, so they could have sex. Brown traveled to the predetermined meeting location in Crockett where he was taken into custody by OAG investigators, and he declined to be interviewed.

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