BELL COUNTY (July 18, 2014) Authorities late Friday afternoon identified the man who died in an exchange of gunfire with Bell County sheriff’s deputies as Allen Jay Foste, 49, of Belton
Foste was pronounced dead just after 8 p.m. Thursday after the shooting at 120 Bremond St. west of Belton.
Deputies were sent to the home at around 6:20 p.m. Thursday in response to a 911 call about a man who was threatening to commit suicide, sheriff’s Lt. Donnie Adams said.
When they arrived, they found Foste holding a shotgun, Adams said.
“The subject engaged the deputies and shots were fired,” Adams said.
None of the deputies was injured.
Residents said Friday they heard at least 10 gunshots.
The deputies who responded to the call were placed on administrative duty while the Texas Rangers investigate.
“This is a tragic situation that hit a nice community,” Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange said.
“Anytime a situation like this occurs it affects all of us. Our hearts go out to the victim’s family, our officers involved and the community,” he said.
One resident said Friday that Foste was a veteran who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, but others remembered him simply as a good neighbor.