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July 29, 2013

County man shot, killed by police

Garland officers fire fatal shots; Seven Points resident eluded law enforcement

Athens — A 31-year-old Seven Points-area resident was shot and killed by Garland Police on Sunday after allegedly stealing a car from an elderly woman in Henderson County the previous day and assaulting her.

The deceased was identified as Casey Daniel Smith, who had eluded authorities the previous day in two separate incidents.

The first was at 1:15 a.m. on Saturday when Eustace Police attempted to make a traffic stop on a white Dodge flatbed pickup truck. EPD learned that the flatbed pickup had been recently stolen from an air conditioning company in Mabank.

According to EPD reports, while he was being pursued, Smith stopped the truck, put it in reverse and backed at high speed into the patrol vehicle. Police said  Smith apparently attempted to disable the police vehicle and injure the officer.

The officer was unhurt, and able to continue the pursuit onto County Road 2919.

At one point in the pursuit, reports said, Smith threw a backpack containing syringes and methamphetamines out of the passenger side window, which was later recovered by officers.  Smith stopped and let his wife out of the vehicle, and then turned around and attempted to crash head on into the police vehicle. The officer drove into the ditch missing the truck by inches.

Smith continued to evade officers in the vehicle, then stopped and fled on foot. Officers searched for Smith, but were not able to locate him. Later, tracking dogs were brought to the scene to try to find Smith, but he remained at large.

Deputies from the Henderson County Sheriff’s office assisted in the search for Smith in the wooded area where the vehicle had come to rest.

According to HCSO reports, about two hours after the pursuit, an 82-year-old woman returned her residence on County Road 2919, near the last place Smith had been seen. She went inside the residence  and found her home had been ransacked. The woman told HCSO Dep. Jody Sorrells and Investigators Wick Gabbard and John Long that she had been confronted by a man, later identified as Smith, who requested to use her cell phone and give him a ride.

When the woman refused, the man struck her, knocking her to the ground. Smith got into the woman’s 2001 Cadillac El Dorado and fled.

Investigator John Long obtained an arrest warrant for Smith for the offense of aggravated robbery from Henderson County Justice of the Peace Milton Adams. Eustace police also began seeking warrants related to Smith’s evading arrest and assault on a peace officer. Officers also learned that Smith was wanted on an active felony warrant out of Kaufman County for felony probation violation related to previous methamphetamines-related arrests.

On Sunday, Smith was fatally wounded by the Garland Police Department when he was  confronted by an officer  who  responded to a shoplifting report at a Garland Walmart store.  Garland police reported that Smith attempted to assault the officer with a crow-bar that he had taken from the store. The car that had been taken from the Henderson County woman was found in the parking lot.

Smith’s wife, Brandi Scott Smith, 30, was booked into the Henderson County Jail for possession of a syringe filled with methamphetamines (one gram to four grams) and evading arrest and detention with a motor vehicle. She was released on Monday after posting $22,500 bond.

Eustace Police Chief Kenneth Holder said Casey Smith had a long list of criminal activity and was well known by Henderson County law enforcement.

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