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Milam County deputy who was shot 'resting comfortably' in stable condition: County Judge

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Posted at 5:32 PM, Oct 20, 2022
and last updated 2022-10-20 23:47:22-04

UPDATE

ROCKDALE, Texas — A Milam County deputy who was shot yesterday remains in stable condition, "resting comfortably," County Judge Steve Young told 25 News on Thursday.

Samuel Ferguson IV – a mental health deputy for the Milam County Sheriff’s Office – will undergo jaw reconstruction surgery after being shot in the cheek, Young said.

Ferguson was also grazed elsewhere, but Young didn’t know the exact location.

"I just happened to be in the vicinity when the Life Flight helicopter took him away," Young said. "I was scared to death that it was gonna be worse than what it was."

According to authorities, Ferguson suffered gunshot wounds about 2 p.m. Wednesday while conducting an assessment of an individual experiencing a crisis in the 100 block of Inwood Drive, just west of the city in the Western Hills subdivision.

When Deputy Ferguson attempted to take the subject "for an emergency order of detention, the subject opened fire on the deputy,” a news release said. “The deputy was hit multiple times and returned fire striking the subject.”

The subject, who wasn't immediately named, was killed during the exchange of gunfire.

ORIGINAL STORY

A Milam County deputy was shot multiple times Wednesday afternoon during a mental health call near Rockdale, according to the county sheriff.

About 2 p.m., Samuel Ferguson IV – a mental health deputy for the Milam County Sheriff’s Office – suffered gunshot wounds while conducting an assessment of an individual experiencing a crisis in the 100 block of Inwood Drive, just west of the city in the Western Hills subdivision.

“When Deputy Ferguson attempted to take the subject for an emergency order of detention, the subject opened fire on the deputy,” a news release said. “The deputy was hit multiple times and returned fire striking the subject.”

While the subject was pronounced dead at the scene, Ferguson – a law enforcement officer for 28 years – was airlifted to Baylor Scott & White in Temple, where he's in serious condition but stable.

Sheriff Mike Clore told 25 News that one of the first responders that rushed to the scene was actually Ferguson's own son, who also works for the sheriff's office and was on duty at the time.

County Judge Steve Young tells 25 News anchor Todd Unger the shooting happened in the Western Hills part of town.

He said the Central County Services mental health unit was also on scene, but no one was injured from that team.

Texas Rangers have been asked to investigate the incident.

The subject's name is being withheld until family is notified.