Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Deputies shot and killed a man during a traffic stop late Tuesday night in Cushing.
According to Sheriff Jason Bridges, 25-year old Darrell Joseph Legnon of Cherokee County, who had an extensive criminal history, and was a known Aryan Brotherhood gang member, was gunned down during an armed confrontation.
Sheriff Bridges says a traffic stop was made by a Cushing ISD police officer on a vehicle containing three male suspects, and the deputies were providing back up. For unknown reason Legnon exited the vehicle with a shotgun, pointed the firearm at the deputies, and failed to comply with demands to drop the gun. When he pointed the shotgun at deputies, they feared for their lives and ended the confrontation.
The unidentified deputies have been place on administrative leave with pay pending an investigation by Texas DPS Rangers and an internal investigation by the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office.
Legnon was currently out on bond for two counts of aggravated robbery in Cherokee County and an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charge.
The deputies were not injured during the incident. Sheriff Bridges said it was discovered on scene that Legnon had made numerous comments in the last several days that he was going to kill a police officer.
This was the third officer-involved shooting incident in the past 12 months for the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office.