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Former officer indicted after investigation into shooting in Killeen

Posted at 11:31 AM, Feb 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 14:38:32-04

KILLEEN, TX — Texas Rangers have concluded their investigation into a shootout in Killeen in February.

Killeen police had shut down several roads in the city as they investigated an officer-involved shooting in February.

Police said at 7:20 a.m. the scene in the 200 block of W. Hallmark Avenue is safe and secure.

A warrant was being served for a suspect, James Scott Reed, 40 just after 6 a.m.

According to Killeen Police Chief Charles Kimble, when officers attempted to serve the warrant, Reed began shooting. Kimble said officers fired back. When they made entry into the residence, Reed was found dead.

Kimble said that an officer was injured in the shootout, but was treated and released.

Another person was in the home at the time and was arrested.

The Texas Rangers concluded that Anthony Custance, who was with Killeen police, was identified as the responsible party, despite deceptive conduct and attempts to interfere with the progress of the investigation. It included tampering with his rifle and ammunition.

Texas Rangers said that the investigation revealed that shots were fired into the back of the residence. While the shots did not result in injuries, it was not planned in the operation.

The results were returned to the Bell County District Attorney's Office for criminal prosecution of the former officer.

Custance resigned during the course of the investigation.

On Wednesday, the grand jury returned an indictment against Custance for tampering with evidence.

On Thursday, Custance turned himself into Bell County Jail and was arraigned by Justice of the Peace Coleman.

His bond was set at $100,000.