Man Shot by Midland County Deputies Following Early Morning Disturbance

Man Shot by Midland County Deputies Following Early Morning Disturbance

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY – Two Midland County Sheriff's Deputies are on administrative leave following a shooting in Midland County early Sunday morning.

Sheriff's Deputies were called out to the 8500 block of FM 307 around 2:30 a.m. after receiving a 911 call about a disturbance and a man with a gun.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they were told that a man who owned the house was intoxicated and pointed a weapon at his wife.

As deputies approached the home, they saw the suspect outside of the home with a pistol in his hand and retreated back inside the home.

A perimeter was then set up and officials called for the on duty Mental Health Deputy.

Around 3 a.m., a SWAT team was requested after deputies heard gunshots from inside the home.

Then a few minutes later, more gunshots were heard from inside the home but deputies didn't return fire as they believed a five year old child was inside the home and believed to be asleep.

According to the report, deputies tried to talk to the suspect by contacting him on his cell phone with no results.

Later, two deputies saw the suspect come out of the house from the garage armed with an AR-15 rifle and deputies ordered the man to lower his weapon and put his hands up.

However, the suspect, identified as 36-year-old Nathan Kelley, raised the AR-15 rifle toward the two deputies and the deputies fired shots at Kelley striking him in the right cheek and left thigh.

Kelley was taken to Midland Memorial Hospital where he is currently in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.

Kelley will be facing three charges of attempted capital murder of a peace officer.

The two deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the results of an investigation by the Texas Rangers.

Officials say this case will be presented to a grand jury.