Man charged deputy with Taser during altercation at roadside park

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Chris Hughes, investigator for the 97th District Attorney's office, and Mark Elgin, CCSO chief deputy, inspect a Grayson County Sheriff's Office vehicle involved in Thursday's shooting at an area roadside park.

Matt Kelton
Pioneer Sentinel

Investigators believe that a Grayson County inmate shot while attempting to escape from a Grayson County deputy Thursday afternoon had threatened the deputy with a Taser gun.

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The deputy, who has not yet been identified, responded by shooting the inmate, Nathan Gene Pierce, 32, of Southmayd, one time in the chest.

The incident occurred five miles east of Henrietta, at a roadside park on Hwy. 82 at about 4 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Pierce was carried by ambulance to United Regional Health Care Center in Wichita Falls, where he later died during surgery.

Pierce was attempting to escape from the deputy when the shooting occurred, according to a statement from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

DPS spokesman Tony Fulton said Pierce and the deputy were involved in a physical altercation, during which the deputy’s Taser became dislodged and fell to the ground. Pierce picked up the Taser and charged the deputy.

Pierce was being transported by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office to a Wichita Falls facility for a mental commitment.

The investigation has been turned over to the Texas Rangers.

Sgt. Rickey Wheeler of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office said an internal affairs investigation will be conducted by the GCSO in accordance with the department’s policy and procedure.

Southmayd is located 10 miles west of Sherman.

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