Homeowner Shoots Deputies Who Respond To His House Fire
Bowie County Deputies Shot By Bryan Batchelor
Bowie County, TX – When Bowie County Deputies responded to a house fire with the fire department early Sunday morning, the homeowner opened fire on them.
The incident happened at around 12:30 AM Sunday morning in the 4600 block of Farm to Market 44 East, according to KLTV.
Two Bowie County Deputies arrived at a house fire with DeKalb Volunteer Fire Department.
Then the homeowner, Bryan Batchelor, 48, came outside and pointed a gun at the deputies to stop them from trying to put out the fire.
Batchelor then jumped into his truck and fled to a nearby pasture in order to flee from deputies.
The deputies drove after him, but their patrol car got stuck. That’s when Batchelor rammed their patrol can and he opened fire on the deputies.
Batchelor fled the scene and was driving away on County Road 4241 when another deputy spotted him. The suspect then rammed that deputy’s patrol car, leaving his patrol car inoperable.
Two more deputies found Batchelor fleeing down County Road 4235, and he rammed another patrol car.
A gunfight ensued, and Batchelor was taken into custody.
KLTV reports that two deputies were shot, and have been treated and released.
Batchelor was transported to the hospital for injuries. The nature or extent of his injuries have not been released.
He is being charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a public servant and evading arrest with a vehicle.
No information has been released about the source of the fire or Bryan Batchelor’s possible motives.