Athens Review, Athens, Texas

Local News

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.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • paul harris.jpg Paul Harris recognition

    Rotary of Cedar Creek Lake President Erin Osborn presents Rotarian Bill Burnett with his second Paul Harris recognition. Rotarians are given a Paul Harris recognition when a Rotarian donates $1,000 or more to the fund outright. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin.

    July 26, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-25 Sanders_Kendall.jpg Sanders suspended indefinitely

    Two University of Texas football players were arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room last month.
    Wide receivers Kendall Sanders, of Athens, and Montrel Meander were arrested and later released on personal recognizance bonds. According to an arrest affidavit, Sanders and Meander texted each other during earlier interviews with police to "get their story straight" and Sanders also faces a charge of improper photography tied to the alleged assault on June 21.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7-25 tree down college st. 1.JPG Thunderstorms take their toll on counties

    A line of thunderstorms rolled through Henderson County on Wednesday, snapping tree branches and power lines along the way.
    The winds that accompanied the storm resulted in thousands of people in North Texas without electricity and roads broken by falling trees or debris.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Council considering Burton's severance package

    The Athens City Council, by a 3-to-2 vote, tabled a budget adjustment on Wednesday to fund a severance package for City Administrator Pam Burton who’s stepping down at the end of the year.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Eustace ISD approves tax rates

    The Eustace Independent School District Board of Trustees held its regular monthly meeting Tuesday in the Eustace High School Library.
    Several reports and agenda items were considered by the board, and all were passed or approved. Board Secretary Ashley McKee was absent.
    The board was presented with the superintendent's reports on revenue, expenditures, payroll and taxes.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif TxDOT signs at issue in county

    It turns out Texas counties will not be picking up the cost of Advance County Road signs as the Texas Department of Transportation had stated earlier this year.
    TxDOT informed Henderson County Judge Richard Sanders recently that it has reversed its decision to change its policy regarding maintenance of the signs installed to aid approaching traffic to identify an upcoming county road intersection.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Free meals for schools in Malakoff, Tool

    The Malakoff Independent School District has been approved to provide free breakfast and lunch for Malakoff Elementary, Tool Elementary and Malakoff Middle School.
    Those schools did meet or exceed the 40-percent requirement to participate in the program.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • • DSC_0162.JPG Ramps for handicapped

    Encino Landscaping is doing a necessary job for the Texas Department of Transportation Tyler District. All four corners of the block upon which the Henderson County Courthouse rests are being converted to better serve handicapped pedestrians.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif Appearance and operation of Splash Pad upgraded

    The Splash Pad at Athens Kiwanis Park has been closed this week, as work is being done that will upgrade the appearance of the surroundings and operation of the facility.
    The pad is now well into its first full summer of operation, and has proven to be a popular spot for youngsters in the city.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADR logo.tif GBC official asked to resign

    Gun Barrel City resident Carroll Strickland asked Councilman Marty Goss “to do the right thing and resign.”
    Strickland spoke to the GBC council during the citizen's comment portion of the Tuesday evening’s council meeting. Strickland  accused Goss of trying to take over the GBC Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
    In a prepared statement, Strickland said,  “Marty is doing harm to the city's reputation. I am asking the mayor and the city council to do something about the situation.”

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo