Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office to increase patrols around schools

Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office to increase patrols around schools
Source: Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office Facebook page

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - In response to the shooting incident at Santa Fe High School that occurred Friday morning, Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said in a Facebook post that NCSO deputies will be increasing their patrols and presence at schools in the county.

The latest reports state that 10 people were killed, and 10 people were injured in the incident.

The suspect has been identified as Dimitris Pagourtzis, 17, according to the Associated Press. He has been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault of a peace officer.

"First of all, I want to say that my heart goes out to this community. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you," Bridges said in the Facebook post. "I cannot even imagine the devastation and heartbreak that they must be going through. This violence in our schools and towards our children has to stop."

The post stated that between now and the end of the school, year, the sheriff's office will be increasing its patrols and presence at school districts in Nacogdoches County.

"Do not be alarmed if you see officers present at your local school," Bridges said in the Facebook post. "We will continue to be proactive to ensure that our schools are safe. The constable's office will also be conducting extra patrols as well."

The post encouraged parents to talk with their children and let them know that if they see or hear anything suspicious, they should report it immediately.

"Any suspicious activity reported to the sheriff's office will be investigated thoroughly," Bridges said.

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