Authorities Continue to Investigate Deputy Involved Shooting

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

FORT STOCKTON - NewsWest9 has learned new information about last Friday's shooting in Fort Stockton, including the events that lead up to the incident.

Authorities say 37-year-old Thomas Andrew Reid was shot and killed by a Pecos County deputy after he grabbed a deputy's gun.

Pecos County Sheriff Cliff Harris says they were called out around 4:00 p.m. Friday afternoon when Reid, who was wheelchair bound, was screaming and yelling in the parking lot of the Deluxe Inn.

Sheriff Cliff Harris tells NewsWest 9, two Deputies tried to calm Reid down, and when they couldn't, they went to arrest him.

They say Reid started a scuffle and grabbed one of their guns and fired a round.

Sheriff Harris says Deputy Connie Bassham shot Reid after he turned the gun on the deputies.

Sheriff Harris says Reid, who is from Fredericton, Canada, was arrested the day before the shooting.

Harris says Reid lead authorities on a chase on Interstate 10 after he got angered by a traffic backup caused by an accident. Harris says Reid almost ran over the Fort Stockton Fire Chief and lead deputies on a chase for about 30 miles before he was stopped with a spike strip.

Reid was charged with Evading Arrest and booked into the Pecos County Jail Thursday. Harris says he was evaluated by MHMR and put up in the Deluxe Inn while family and friends traveled to Fort Stockton to pick him up.

It is not known what angered Reid Friday and cause deputies to respond to the motel.

At this point, the investigation has been turned over to the Texas Rangers because it involved a deputy.