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Man Opens Fire On Van Zandt County Deputy Sheriff

Stephen Garrett Martin is being held in Van Zandt county for attempted capital murder of a peace officer.

Stephen Garrett Martin is being held in Van Zandt county for attempted capital murder of a peace officer.

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VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX (CBSDFW.COM) - A criminal trespass complaint, on Sunday, lead to the arrest of a Van Zandt county man, after he shot at a Van Zandt county deputy.

Shortly after arriving at a residence at 350 Van Zandt County Road 2140, the deputy heard a loud noise from the front of the residence and saw a dog jump up from the front porch and run away.  The deputy then heard a second loud noise and felt a vibration near the front bumper of his patrol car.  It was later determined that bullets had struck the front of the vehicle.

The deputy observed Stephen Garrett Martin standing in the front doorway of the residence holding a handgun.  After backing the patrol car to a safer distance, the deputy ordered Martin to put down the weapon.  Martin complied.

A Van police officer arrived on the scene and Martin was informed he was under arrest and was taken into custody.  A frisk of Martin revealed a second fully loaded handgun in the waistband of his pants.

After being placed into custody Martin informed the officers there was a body inside the residence and also stated that there were two men in camouflage hiding in the trees of the yard.  Additional officers arrived and a sweep of the scene found no body or anyone in the trees.  A sweep inside the residence revealed numerous bullet holes and the home in disarray.  After obtaining a search warrant, deputies seized a large cash of weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Martin was transported to the Van Zandt county jail to be confined for attempted capital murder of a peace officer.

 

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