Snyder Police release statement on deadly shooting

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A Snyder police officer shot and killed a man Thursday evening, according to a statement from the Chief of Police, Brian Haggard. 

Haggard said officer Whitney Merket was placed on administrative leave while the shooting is reviewed.  The suspect has not been named yet. 

Haggard said officers were called to the 3600 block of Jacksboro Avenue.  The exact nature of the call was not described by Haggard.  

“When The first officer on the scene arrived, she made contact with a male subject and an altercation began,” Haggard said.  “During the altercation the officer fired her weapon and the suspect was shot.”

The following is Chief Haggard’s statement: 

On February 7th at approximately 6:35pm officers with the Snyder Police Department were dispatched to an incident in the 3600 block of Jacksboro Ave. 

When The first officer on the scene arrived, she made contact with a male subject and an altercation began. During the altercation the officer fired her weapon and the suspect was shot.

The suspect was later pronounced deceased by the Justice of the Peace Norma Martinez.

The Snyder Police Department has asked the Texas Rangers to investigate the shooting.

The officer Whitney Merket who is veteran of the Snyder Police Department. She has been placed on administrative leave pending the Ranger’s investigation.

The Suspect has not been identified and was taken to Lubbock, Texas for an Autopsy. Further information will be released at a later time.

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