A deputy sheriff and a police officer sustained gunshot wounds after the suspect opened fire when the officers responded to a planned mass shooting. Officers from three divisions, Parker County Sheriff's Department, Reno Police, and Springtown Police, pulled up at a home in Reno, Texas, to investigate after the mother reported that her son was planning to shoot people. The incident took place west of Harris Road, just between Miller Road and E Barry Street.
The Parker County home also caught fire during the incident, but firefighters extinguished the flames by 1:30 am on Friday. Reports also said a burnt body whose identity or description could not be established was also found in the house.
The Parker County Sheriff deputy was hit multiple times and was flown to Fort Worth hospital while the Reno Police officer was treated and discharged. Another police officer escaped injuries after a bullet struck his holster and deflected. The suspect barricaded himself in the building, and his whereabouts remain a mystery.
Police said there were two women in the house, but one managed to escape through the window and sustained minor cuts and bruises. The other one, who is likely to be the deceased, was trapped with the suspect when the fire started. Police were still negotiating with the victim to surrender.
The motive of the suspect or the type of weapon used was still under investigation. Thanks to the tipoff by the mother, many lives were saved that day. Everyone hopes that the suspect will face dire consequences for threatening lives and causing the death of an innocent person.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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