Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 5, 2012

Violence in Seven Points!

Two die, two injured after altercation

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — Gunfire erupted after a dispute in Seven Points, resulting in the deaths of two people and two others flown to Tyler with unspecified injuries.

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office reports indicate that Jerrod Chamberlain, in his mid 20s, was pronounced dead at East Texas Medical Center in Gun Barrel City of wounds sustained in the shooting. 

Kelsie "Shea" Maples and Jerry Wayne Foster were also taken to ETMC Gun Barrel, then flown to ETMC Tyler. The alleged shooter, Nathan Benton, was later found dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The HCSO and Seven Points Police Department responded to a call at 2:22 a.m., concerning a shooting at 310 Wood St. After securing the residence, officers began to search for Benton, who had fled from the location.

At 4:18 a.m. Maj. Botie Hillhouse, Capt. Brian Tower and Lt. Kendell Wellman located Benton’s vehicle at State Highway 274 and Jess Hinton Road in Seven Points.

Reports said the officers tried to stop the vehicle, and a short pursuit began. When the suspect’s vehicle came to a stop, the lawmen approached, and saw that Benton had sustained what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Benton was air-lifted to Mother Francis Hospital in Tyler, where he was pronounced dead.

Nutt said Wick Gabbard is leading the investigation at the scene of the initial shooting. The secondary crime scene, where the pursuit ended, is being investigated by the Henderson County District Attorney’s Office and the Texas Ranger’s Office. Dep. David Robertson participated in the pursuit.