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Names released in deputy-involved shooting

Names released in deputy-involved shooting

Harker Heights Evening Star

The Harker Heights Police Department is assisting the Texas Rangers in the investigation of a shooting which involved a Bell County Sheriff’s Deputy.
At 3:40 pm on August 30, 2016, Harker Heights Police Department officers responded to a Bell County Sheriff’s Department call for assistance in the 12900 block of East Knights Way (FM 2410) for a shots fired/man down call. A white male subject was found at the location, deceased with gunshot wounds to the upper torso.
The incident began as the Bell County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted a traffic stop along FM 2410. The driver refused to stop until he had entered onto a private driveway and proceeded a considerable distance from FM 2410. The driver of the vehicle exited and confronted the Deputy, at which time shots were subsequently fired by the Deputy Sheriff, striking the male subject. The Deputy Sheriff was not injured. Officers of the Harker Heights Police Department subsequently responded with other law enforcement agencies to the call for assistance.
Because the location is within the city limits of Harker Heights, members of the HHPD Criminal Investigation Division responded to assist the Texas Rangers in the subsequent investigation. Texas Department of Public Safety helicopters assisted in aerial observation of the scene as the evidence processing progressed. The scene processing continued until the early morning hours of August 31, 2016.
The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle, and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin and an autopsy was ordered.
HHPD has located and made death notification to next of kind who live out of state. They have released the name of the deceased as Lyle Patrick Blanchard, age 59, of Harker Heights.
Sheriff Lange has released the name of the Deputy involved in the shooting as Corporal Shane Geers. Cpl., Geers stated in 2000 as a jailer. In March 2007 he went to work as a police officer for the City of Troy until March 2008 when he returned to the Bell County sheriff’s Department as a Deputy.
The investigation continues with the cooperation of the Bell County Sheriff’s Department.

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