ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - On Wednesday, East Texas News got a look at what was left of an Angelina County sheriff deputy's car, which was shot dozens of times during a six-hour standoff with a Lufkin man.
Angelina County Sheriff Greg Sanches says the standoff suspect, Stacy Sturdivant, shot the ACSO patrol SUV, a Chevrolet Tahoe, a total of 69 times.
Sturdivant was killed during the standoff. However, it's unclear whether his wound was self-inflicted, or from a SWAT team member.
Sanches praised the members of the Angelina County SWAT team and all the other law enforcement officers on the scene who "demonstrated bravery in the middle of grave danger."
"At times, officers encountered intense fire from the gunman's semi-automatic rifles and other weapons," Sanches said in a press release. "We were especially grateful for the DPS and Nacogdoches police armored vehicles that were brought the scene.
He also thanked the many law enforcement agencies who helped out at the scene. He thanked the Texas Department of Public Safety Highway Patrol, SWAT Team, and Texas Rangers, along with the Nacogdoches Police Department, tactical personnel from the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office , Huntington Police Department officers, and Lufkin Fire/EMS personnel.
Sanches also thanked the Lufkin Police Department and the Hudson Police Department for their help in answering calls for service during the standoff.
Around 7:30 p.m. Monday, multiple law enforcement agencies responded to reports of a person barricaded inside a Moffett-area home, according to Angelina County Sheriff's Office Captain Alton Lenderman. The Angelina County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Nacogdoches Police Department SWAT, and Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office were positioned at a staging area near Mt. Zion Baptist Church on Farm to Market Road 842.
No one else was inside the house, located in the 2600 block of Lightfoot Road.
Lenderman said authorities have had several encounters with the man over the last several years.
"We've had several calls out there like this where he gets intoxicated and shoots guns and disturbs the neighbors," Lenderman said. "This has been an ongoing thing, and it has finally climaxed to this. The subject briefly talked to them at the door then went back into the house and shot two rounds outside the house towards deputies. That is when we called in SWAT for assistance. We continued to get fired on, so we called for the assistance of DPS. No officers were hurt. DPS Rangers and the Angelina County Sheriff's Office are on the scene at this time doing a crime scene investigation."
Sanches said that when deputies arrived at the home, it appeared to them that Sturdivant was impaired in some way. Angelina County
Jail records show that Sturdivant has been arrested three times since 2010. The arrests were for silent/abusive 911 calls, public intoxication, and terroristic threat. Since 2007, deputies have recorded 10 different instances where reports were filed that involved Sturdivant.
The Texas Rangers are leading the investigation, and an autopsy has been ordered by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Donnie Puckett.