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Law Officers Involved in Fatal Shooting Remain On Duty

As Texas Rangers and DPS continue their investigation into last Sunday’s trooper-related fatal shooting in Shelby County, the two law enforcement officers that responded with gun-fire that reportedly resulted in the death of 38-year old Jonathan Swindle, remain on regular duty.


Center Police Chief Jim Albers told Center Broadcasting yesterday that Sgt. Dewayne Gordon has requested some personal leave, but is expected to return to work shortly. Chief Albers added if Sgt. Gordon needs to be placed on administrative leave that would be his decision as chief of police. He added he expects the investigation by Rangers and DPS to be completed quickly.


We also asked Chief Albers if Sgt. Gordon leaving the city limits was justifiable and routine to pursue a suspect in the county when the call originated outside the city of Center, he advised his department was asked by DPS to assist and provide “mutual aid”. Chief Albers says this is just a common response that ALL police and fire units do to assist other agencies when needed.


Center DPS Sgt. Kevin Hussey was in Austin for training, and was unavailable for comment concerning Trooper Dustin Ramos’ status. We’ve been advised by DPS they’ll have more when their investigation concludes.


We were able to verify through an undisclosed source that Trooper Ramos was in the middle of his regular off-work schedule this week.


Sgt. Gordon and Trooper Ramos reportedly fired on Swindle after he veered off Hwy. 87 in a stolen truck into a pasture at Lout Town, after striking Trooper Zachary Mills.

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