BELTON — The Texas Rangers were called in to help investigate the fourth officer-involved shooting in Bell County since May, sheriff’s department spokesman Lt. Donnie Adams said Friday.
Allen Jay Foste, 49, was pronounced dead at 8:02 p.m. Thursday by Justice of the Peace Ted Duffield, who ordered an autopsy at the Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas.
Bell County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 100 block of Bremond Street at 6:20 p.m. after a call about a man threatening to commit suicide. When they arrived, they were confronted by a man armed with a shotgun, Adams said. Shots were exchanged between the deputies and Foste, who was killed. No deputies were injured.
The neighborhood where the shooting happened is in rural Bell County off Sparta Road near its intersection with Water Works Road.
Sheriff Eddy Lange placed the deputies who responded to the call on administrative leave, which is standard procedure, while an investigation is conducted.
The investigation process was severely hindered Thursday and Friday by a lightning storm, flooding and continual rain, Adams said.
“They had instruments that can’t get wet, so they had to wait to use them during breaks in the rain,” he said.
Assisting the Texas Rangers with the investigation are the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and Bell County Sheriff’s Department.
Officials from the Department of Public Safety; Temple, Belton and Harker Heights police departments; and the Sparta Valley Volunteer Fire Department also were on the scene.
“This is a tragic situation that hit a nice community,” Lange said in a statement. “Anytime a situation like this occurs, it affects all of us. Our hearts go out to the victim’s family, our officers involved and the community.”
Fourth incident since May
The incident was the fourth officer-involved shooting in Bell County since May.
Little River-Academy Police Chief Lee Dixon, 54, was shot and killed June 19 at a home on Allison Drive. David Risner, 50, of Little River-Academy, is charged in his death.
On June 4, two Belton police officers were involved in a shooting in the 2800 block of Farm-to-Market 2410 Spur. Karl Lee Wiggins, 61, of Killeen, allegedly shot Charles Hermann, 41, at that address. Wiggins was shot by two Belton Police officers after he reportedly pointed his gun at them.
Killeen Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie died May 11, two days after being wounded during a shootout at a Killeen apartment complex while SWAT officers were trying to serve a narcotics search warrant. Marvin Louis Guy, 49, pleaded not guilty to one charge of capital murder and three charges of attempted capital murder in the incident.
Adams said he doesn’t remember this many officer-involved shootings in such a short period of time.
“It’s a sad situation for everyone,” Adams said.