Longview Man Shot Dead in Self-Defense.

by Vern Evans
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A fatal shooting incident in East Texas resulted in the death of a Longview, Texas, man, with authorities stating the shooter acted in self-defense, the Longview News-Journal is reporting.

The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office reported that the shooting occurred around 6:45 p.m. Sunday in a rural area between Bullard and Jacksonville. Responding to a 911 call about the incident, deputies found a man dead from gunshot wounds.

Sheriff Brent Dickson said in a statement that initially, two Bullard residents, Stephen Driskel, 54, and Sue Peeler, 64, were detained for questioning regarding the incident. They were later released after the investigation supported Driskel’s claim that he shot the Longview resident in self-defense.

Under Texas Penal Code 9.31, the use of force against another is justified if it is believed necessary to protect oneself from another’s use or attempted use of unlawful force.

The identity of the deceased has not been released, and further details of the confrontation have not been disclosed by the authorities.

“This case is still under review and will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office to be presented to the Grand Jury,” Dickson added.

No further information has been made available at this time and details remain sketchy.

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