BRAZOS COUNTY, TX — One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting at a College Station business overnight Thursday.
The incident happened in the 1300 block of Earl Rudder Freeway.
It had been 9 years since the department has had an incident involving an officer shooting.
”This is very much an ongoing active investigation. What we released early this morning was at about 1 a.m. today, January 21, there was an officer-involved shooting," said Officer Tristen Lopez with the College Station Police Department.
Police say there was an ongoing investigation into 33-year-old Ryan D. Stallings of College Station when investigators suspected suspicious activity.
”The investigators had reason to believe that the suspect was transporting large quantities of narcotics in his vehicle. College Station officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle,” explained Chief Billy Couch.
Officers pulled Stallings into the parking lot of the Ashley HomeStore at Earl Rudder Freeway where the incident spiraled. Authorities say Stallings pulled out a loaded handgun from the center console of the car.
”The 33-year-old white male driver, who is the primary suspect of the investigation, was shot,” Chief Couch said.
Paramedics were at the scene to provide aid immediately, but the Stallings succumbed to his injuries.
”A subsequent search of the vehicle was conducted, and a loaded fire arm was recovered. In addition illegal narcotics were recovered from the vehicle,” Chief Couch shared.
The type of narcotics and quantity have not yet been released. CSPD says the investigation is ongoing.
”We have three agencies working concurrently on this investigation to include the College Station Police Department Criminal Investigation Division, the Texas Rangers, and investigators with the Brazos County’s District Attorney's office,” Chief Couch shared.
Chief Couch expressed his condolences to the family members of the deceased, as well as acknowledging the emotional struggle his officers will have to overcome due to the severity of the altercation.