Shooting Victim Identified, Suspected Gunman Charged

BELL COUNTY (June 6, 2014) Karl Lee Wiggins, 61, of Killeen, whom police officers shot when he refused to drop his weapon after a shooting that left a Belton man injured, was charged Friday with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The Bell County Sheriff’s Department Friday identified the victim of the shooting as Edward Charles Hermann, 41, of 2900 FM 2410 Spur in Belton.

Three Belton police officers remain on administrative leave after two of them opened fire Wednesday night on the gunman who refused to drop his weapon after the initial shooting, which was reported at around 9 p.m. Wednesday in the 2800 block of 2410 Spur in Belton, police said.

Two officers and a supervisor responded, confronted the gunman and ordered him to drop the weapon, police said.

When he refused and then pointed the small-caliber handgun in the direction of police, two of the officers shot him, authorities said Thursday.

Both men were taken to Scott & White Hospital in Temple.

Hermann, who was shot in the forehead during an argument, was in critical condition.

Wiggins, who was struck twice, was in stable condition and under guard at Scott & White.

He was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

The Bell County Sheriff’s Department was called in after Belton police determined that the home where the shootings occurred was just outside the Belton city limits, sheriff’s Lt. Donnie Adams said.

The sheriff’s department is leading the investigation of the first shooting and the Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting involving the officers, Adams said.


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