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Man wanted in East Texas tracked to Southeast Texas town, shot to death by officers


TYLER, Texas — Officials say a man accused of carjacking a motorist and stealing a sheriff's office sport utility vehicle in East Texas was shot to death by authorities in Southeast Texas after brandishing a firearm and trying to run over officers while attempting to flee.

Smith County Sherriff Larry Smith tells the Tyler Morning Telegraph ( ) 29-year-old Jeffrey Eugene Brooks of Palestine tried to flee Sunday after authorities surrounded a home in Clute.

Sheriff's officials had been searching for Brooks since Thursday. Brooks, wanted on an aggravated assault warrant, led deputies who tried to stop him on a high-speed chase into Tyler. He eventually ditched his vehicle, carjacked a man, wrecked that car and took a sheriff's sport utility vehicle. He then wrecked the sheriff's unit, stole another vehicle and lost officers.

Information from: Tyler Morning Telegraph,

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