March 9th, 2010
01:04 PM ET

2 Texas deputies shot, suspected gunman killed

Two sheriff's deputies were shot in southeastern Texas on Tuesday, authorities said.

They were responding to a report of a disturbance involving weapons at a house in a rural area of Liberty County, northeast of Houston, said Hugh Bishop, a spokesman for the Liberty Police Department.

Someone started shooting at the deputies as they arrived at the house just after 5 a.m., he said. That person died of a gunshot wound, but investigators do not know if he shot himself or if a law-enforcement officer shot him, Bishop said.

Deputy Rex Evans, 40, was released from a hospital after being treated for a superficial wound while Deputy Jeremy Marcantel, 33, was shot in the upper part of his body, Bishop said.

Both wounded law-enforcement officers work for the Liberty County Sheriff's Department.

Investigators do not yet know what prompted the shooting, which happened in the Woodland Hills area of Liberty County, just north of the city of Dayton.

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  1. Robert Bryant

    It goes to show that in a state where having concealed weapons is not only legal it seems to be encouraged tragedies occur constantly. Human beings demonstrate every day that they are not sane enough 24/7 to be allowed to have guns. Texas is not a civilized place, life is not so precious there. Hopefullt the supreme court decides to allow cities and states to curb gun ownership.

    March 9, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LacrosseMom

    Yet another two victims of our insane gun "rights".

    March 9, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. 'Tis the season

    Suicide. Or suicide by cop. Same difference.

    March 9, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. donald

    isnt deputy rex evans one of the guys from the tv show cops?

    this is liberty, but in cops its harris county, not sure

    March 9, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. freelance

    Deputy Evans was not available for comment. He has retired on disability, at full pay.

    March 9, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sam Martin

    Despite what all the obsessed gun freaks say, guns ARE the problem in America! The NRA is part of the problem also. The gun freaks just don't get it!

    March 9, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • wiil

      Guns aren't the problem. i am a police officer and have been for sometime. It doesn't matter if guns are outlawed the person who wants the gun for bad won't care. He'll just get it some other way and the people who need them for their protection will be left with nothing. Anti gun laws are made to hurt the good people not the criminals. do you think the criminals i have arrested really thought what if i get caught with an illegal gun? Is that crime worse than the murder i am about to commit? wise up right wingers. cops can't be everywhere at once and you might be glad guns are legal if someone breaks in on you at two in the morning. but who knows maybe the intruder just wants to share a cup of coffee with you.

      July 14, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. The_Mick

    Those deputies obviously weren't carrying weapons because the pro-gun commenters around her have been telling us how all these attacks would be stopped if people were carrying weapons.

    Of course, since the guy who's planning to begin shooting isn't going to send a gold-embossed letter telling his victim to watch out, do you think maybe they were taken by surprise like 99.99% of all gunshot victims?

    March 9, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dana

    Thats how we do things in our slogan goes..."Don't Mess with Texas". We are very proud of our law enforcement officers along with our firefighters. Those are the HERO"S of America...not these lame over payed professional athletes.....

    March 9, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Shawn

    No surprise.... Texas loves guns !

    March 9, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. eva bordelon

    Could you please give me the name of the shooter I think i know him

    March 9, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Andrew Costello

    By all means – it is up to Americans as to how you run your country. But I think it's time you considered reducing the availability of firearms. Outside of the military, police and farmers – does anybody really need them?
    At the very least, you should only permit people with full citizenship to have them.

    March 9, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ragingbear

    Why do law enforcement officers seem to have targets painted on them, even more today that in the past?

    March 10, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  13. DeMartino

    As far as the comment that this happened because we allow concealed weapons, totally false. The shooter did not have a permit.

    March 25, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mike Osborne

    People kill people, not guns

    July 6, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charlie

      You are right, "people kill people". It's just that they use guns to do it.

      July 6, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    If prohibition didn't stop people from making, selling and consuming alcohol, and was clearly impossible to enforce, why would you thus believe a similar law banning something that is granted to us by the framework of our forefathers, as part of our privilege of being Americans would work when alcohol prohibition was an huge failure? What would make this work out differently? Have you seen in the middle east, in the lieu of guns they use rocks, in Africa, machetes, if a man wants to do bodily harm to someone, there will be nothing stopping him. It is wickedness in the heart of a man that drives him to this end. Sad I know,

    July 14, 2010 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
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