TYLER — A deputy sheriff is recovering at UT Health Tyler after he was shot by a man who then took his patrol car. The man who took his vehicle was later shot and killed.
Officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said the Anderson County Sheriff Deputy Bradley Coleman was "seriously wounded" after being shot by Terry Lee Countryman, Jr., 34, after an incident at the Hickory Ridge Mobile Home Park on Hickory Ridge Road in Palestine around 3:15 p.m. on Saturday.
DPS said after shooting Deputy Coleman, Countryman, who recently served prison time and had fled in Florida, took Coleman's patrol car. Highway Patrol Troopers performed first aid to Deputy Coleman at the scene before he was taken to Tyler for surgery.
Countryman, driving the Anderson County Sheriff's Department patrol car, then rammed a Palestine Police Department vehicle and shot at officers, DPS said. The stolen sheriff's vehicle was smashed enough where Countryman could not continue to drive. He took a rifle from inside Deputy Coleman's vehicle and ran, then stole a blue SUV. For the second time, Countryman crashed a vehicle, this time the SUV and he ran into the woods, DPS said and was found by troopers near FM 2330 and County Road 458 around 5:30 p.m. Countryman pointed the rifle at the trooper and the trooper was able to fire his service weapon, striking Countryman.