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Suspect killed, deputy injured in Milam County mental health assessment call

Officials said the MP who returned shots was beaten several times.

AUSTIN, Texas — A call for a mental health assessment resulted in the death of a suspect Wednesday afternoon. Officials found that the Milam County Sheriff’s Office A deputy who returned shots was also beaten several times.

According to that Sheriff’s Office, officers were called to the 100 block of Inwood Drive outside of Rockdale at around 2:00 p.m. to conduct a mental health assessment of an individual who appeared to be going through a crisis.

During that assessment, officials said the subject had become “uncooperative” and “exhibited suicidal tendencies” while interacting with the Central Counties Services Mobile Crisis Outreach Team.

The sheriff’s office said Deputy Samuel Ferguson IV was trying to take the person on an emergency warrant when the person began opening fire on the deputy. Ferguson was reportedly hit multiple times and returned fire, hitting the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect’s identity has not yet been released.

Ferguson was transported in stable condition to Baylor Scott & White Temple via PHI Life Flight. He serves as the deputy mental health deputy in the sheriff’s office and has 28 years of law enforcement experience.

“Deputy Ferguson has been instrumental in developing mental health policies for both the University of Texas Police Department and the sheriff’s office,” the sheriff’s office said.

The Texas Rangers will investigate the shooting.

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