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By Emily Banks Wooten
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For the second time in three weeks, the Texas Department of Public Safety Texas Rangers are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred in the city of Livingston. The latest event occurred Saturday in the 1100 block of Bluebird Ave.

Preliminary information indicates that officers with the Livingston Police Department observed a stolen motorcycle at 6:30 p.m. and attempted a traffic stop. Following a brief pursuit, the motorcycle crashed, with the driver fleeing on foot. Officers responded and witnessed the subject running through a residential neighborhood.

Officers attempted to use a taser to apprehend the suspect but the taser was ineffective. The suspect then pulled a .40 caliber handgun from his boot and was subsequently shot by responding officers.

The officers began administering life-saving measures until emergency medical personnel arrived and transported the suspect to HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe where he was listed in critical condition. The identity of the suspect has not been disclosed and the investigation is ongoing.

The earlier event occurred April 2 when local law enforcement officers responded to the 100 block of Pan American Drive after receiving a report of a man displaying a gun outside the Exxon Super Stop Food Mart.

Upon arrival, the individual was located and commanded in both English and Spanish to drop his weapon. He pointed the gun at officers and was shot by first responders. Officers administered life-saving measures until emergency personnel arrived, transporting the individual to St. Luke’s Health - Memorial Hospital in Livingston where he was pronounced dead. The individual was identified as Jose Luis Hernandez, 66 of Livingston.

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