Hardin County, TX – A Hardin County sheriff’s deputy was shot in the face with a crossbow on Thursday morning while doing a mental health check at the request of the shooter’s family.
The incident occurred at about 10:45 a.m. on June 20 when a Hardin County sheriff’s deputy and a mental health case worker responded to a home west of Sour Lake in the 30,000-block of Old Sour Lake Road, KFDM reported.
The deputy and a crisis worker from the Spindletop Center arrived at the house and attempted to communicate with the man inside, KBMT reported.
But instead of talking, the 38-year-old man came out of the house with a crossbow and fired a shot at the deputy.
The deputy was struck above his left eye, but he was able to draw his service weapon and return fire, hitting the man in the upper torso, according to KBMT.
The Hardin County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that the man, who was conscious, had been airlifted to a hospital in Beaumont, according to KFDM.
The deputy was awake and alert when he was transported to the hospital via ambulance, according to the release.
The Texas Rangers arrived on the scene early Thursday afternoon and were heading up the investigation into the officer-involved shooting, KBMT reported.