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Deadly Transfer

Newschannel 6 is trying to determine whether a person shot by law enforcement in Clay County was a mental patient, a prisoner or an inmate being treated as a mental patient. 

Newschannel 6 can confirm that a deputy did shoot and kill a person being transported by the Grayson County Sheriff's Office. Although, we are getting conflicting reports about the nature of the transport.

DPS Trooper Tony Fulton and the Texas Rangers said 32-year-old, Nathan Gene Pierce was a prisoner being taken to a location in Wichita Falls.

We got a separate call from the Grayson County Sheriff's Office telling Newschannel 6 that Pierce was actually a mental patient, who was picked up on an emergency detention order. The sergeant at the Grayson County Sheriff's Office told us Pierce was being taken to the North Texas State Hospital.

Trooper Fulton said there are multiple agencies working the case and he is getting his information from the Texas Rangers. He said the Texas Rangers are overseeing the investigation.

Trooper Fulton said, "The Rangers are going to be looking at anybody that might know something of this, anybody that might of been passing by and could of seen it." Trooper Fulton added, "This is still very early into this investigation."

Trooper Fulton said the deputy bringing Pierce to Wichita Falls stopped at a rest stop on US  82, in Clay County. That's when Pierce tried to escape and got his hands on a taser and charged the deputy. The deputy fired one shot hitting Pierce in the chest. He later died at United Regional. 

The Grayson County Sheriff's Office said the deputy is on paid administrative leave and we are told he's very shaken up about the situation.

 

Natalie Garcia, Newschannel 6

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