ETX man identified in deputy involved shooting

ETX man identified in deputy involved shooting
Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office

POSTED: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 4:22pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 4:26pm

One person is dead after Nacogdoches County deputies, SWAT and US Marshals attempted to serve a high risk felony warrant Wednesday morning.

Kevin Barrett Koonce, 46, of Etoile, was shot as he charged at officers firing his gun.

Sheriff Jason Bridges Koonce had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for the offense of motion to revoke probation with the original charge being aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The warrant was issued for Koonce’s arrest on July 17, 2012.

Since that time, deputies had attempted to locate and execute the felony warrant several times to arrest Koonce, but were unsuccessful.

During this time the sheriff's office has gained information that Koonce was heavily armed and has made statements that he would not be taken alive and Koonce has a history of being violent and also learned that he was bi-polar and off his medication.

During the last eight months, officials made numerous attempts to reach out to Koonce's family members and  attorney to seek a peaceful surrender. Recently, authorities gained information of a positive location on where Koonce was living on County Road 466 in Etoile.

Koonce lived in a motor home that had been pulled out into a secluded wooded area away from any  other homes

After many months of attempting to have Koonce turn himself into authorities, no progression in the case was being made. Koonce was being seen at times by the public in which he was always armed. Koonce was using social media sites and posting rhetoric about weapons, law enforcement and anti-government issues.

It was believed by law enforcement, Koonce was becoming more of a threat to not only to law enforcement but the general public.

On Monday morning the Nacogdoches County Sheriff Office obtained a search warrant to enter onto the property of Koonce.

On Wednesday morning around 5:00 a.m., units arrived in Etoile. While staging for the execution of the search warrant, Koonce was seen driving down the 103 East. Deputies then attempted a traffic stop on Koonce when he stopped on the side of the road, jumped out of his car and ran at the patrol unit while shooting his pistol.

A deputy was able to escape his patrol unit and take cover. Koonce was still firing when the deputy was forced to return fire.

EMS was on scene within a matter of minutes to give medical aid to Koonce, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The deputy Involved in the shooting has been placed on paid administrative leave and the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers are conducting investigations.

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