Texas Deputy Shoots Inmate During Alleged Escape Attempt

SHERMAN (July 14, 2012)—A Grayson County sheriff’s deputy who was driving a male inmate to a mental health clinic says he shot and killed the inmate after the man took the deputy's Taser gun in an escape bid.

According to a Grayson County Sheriff's Office statement, the unidentified deputy was driving inmate Nathan Gene Pierce, 32, to a Wichita Falls clinic on Thursday under an emergency detention order.

Just outside of Henrietta, a struggle between the two broke out as the Southmayd man attempted to escape, the sheriff’s office said.

At some point in the struggle, Pierce took the deputy's stun gun and the deputy then shot him once.

Pierce died at a Wichita Falls hospital.

Texas Rangers and Clay County sheriff's deputies are investigating