Man shot in Upshur County fatal incident identified


A man killed in an officer involved shooting in Upshur County on Tuesday night has been identified as 53-year-old Dale Hightower. 

Upshur County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the 1700 block of Cottonwood Road at 7:55 p.m. Tuesday for a welfare check. A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper also responded to the call.

Officers arrived and heard screaming from the residence. According to information provided by DPS, Hightower exited the residence with a rifle, pointed the weapon at the deputies and trooper and was shot by an Upshur County Sheriff’s deputy. First-aid was performed and EMS was called, but Hightower died at the scene.

A woman at the residence was not injured.

The investigation has been turned over to the Texas Rangers and the deputy has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome.


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