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Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2011 7:50 am | Updated: 11:44 am, Sat Jul 23, 2011.

As released yesterday afternoon (Wed., July 20, 2011) at approximately 2:45 p.m. two tragic incidents involving firearms were responded to and handled by deputies from the Liberty County Sheriff's Office. However, at approximately 4:25 p.m. a third serious incident occurred off of SH 146 near CR 2125 in Liberty County where two Liberty County Sheriff's Deputies were at an undisclosed location attempting to serve a warrant on a wanted individual.

Unfortunately, a series of events occurred and the person whom deputies were there to place into custody fled from the residence armed with a firearm. This individual proceeded to flee from the Deputy Sheriff's and took cover behind a small structure located on the property. As Deputies attempted to negotiate with him, a single gunshot was heard.

One male, positively identified as the person whom deputies were there to arrest and had witnessed run from the residence with a firearm was in fact found deceased with a single gunshot wound behind the structure where he had taken cover.

No deputies were injured as a result of this incident and no shots were fired by any of the Sheriff's deputies. At this time the identity of the deceased is not released for notification and investigation of the incident. This incident brought the total Deaths, caused by gunfire in Liberty County in one day to three, an unprecedented series of tragic events for Liberty County.

Yesterday, July 20, 2011, shall be a day where the dispatchers, deputies and their supervisors are all reminded just how difficult, trying and often times demanding their jobs really are. So much tragedy and trauma consumed in one day is extremely difficult for anyone to bear. However, working together, supporting each other through difficult days or a series of serious incidents such as these often brings out the very best in the dedicated men and women of the LCSO.

When you see these folks on the street, please try to remember, whether it's the dispatcher on the other side of the 9-1-1 line or a Deputy out on Patrol, their job is a difficult one and very often with nothing but criticism in return. However, a simple "thank you" goes a very long way in making their job just a bit easier and lets each one of them know, though not often said, they are truly appreciated.

Sheriff Patterson and the members of the LCSO would like to take just a moment to say "thank you" to the citizens who called the Sheriff's Office late yesterday, thanking the LCSO for doing a good job and asking if our deputies were okay. Your calls and kind words were greatly appreciated. The support we here at the LCSO receive from our community only encourages us in our endeavor to make Liberty County a safe community for us all.

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