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Texas Rangers investigating Paris police officer-involved shooting

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 11:26 PM CDT
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PARIS, Texas (KXII) - The Texas Rangers are investigating an officer involved shooting in Paris Tuesday.

Richard Simble, a Paris man, heard a car crash at Northeast 34th Street and Clement Road around 9:30 pm Tuesday night.

Simble said the man, who appeared intoxicated, called someone he knew for help and that driver picked him up, took him around the block and dropped him back off at the location of the crash.

“He was calling a buddy because he was like ‘oh no, oh no’,” Simble said. “That’s when his buddy pulled in, they turned around and took off. His frind took him around the block, and brought him back to the intersection.”

Police arrived at the intersection to investigate the crash. This after Simble called them earlier about the same suspicious man in the area.

The police went to the man’s home nearby to see what was going on and conduct a welfare check. That’s when the man pulled a gun on the officer, who then shot him.

“From what I could tell it was the same suspect down, it was the same one I described to the officer earlier when I called in,” Simble said. “It was a white male wearing all black, black hoodie.”

Symball says he heard three shots go off so he circled back from his evening walk and saw the man he reported to police on the ground with what looked like gunshot wounds.

The man who was shot was flown to a Dallas area hospital.

The officer who shot him has been put on administrative paid leave while the investigation continues.

News 12 reached out to the Paris police department for comment but did not receive a call back.

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