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Update: 1 Dead Following Officer Involved Shooting

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A 61-year-old Hopkins County man was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon in what was reported as an officer involved shooting in Como.

The deceased was identified by authorities as Jimmy De Odell, 61.

According to Hopkins County Sheriff Lewis Tatum, deputies were dispatched to the Como area around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday to look for Odell, after receiving information the man might be disgruntled.

Officers continued to patrol in the area until they located Odell during the noon hour. When they attempted to make contact with him on Bethel Road in Como, Odell was alleged to have brandished a weapon. Shots were fired. Odell was pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace B.J. Teer, Tatum said.

“The officer is currently on leave and will be allowed more time if needed,” Tatum said Wednesday.

The investigation into the shooting is being handled by the Texas Rangers, Tatum said.

Odell was known to local authorities from prior dealings, which included being booked into the county jail on at least six different occasion between July 2, 2017 and May 17, 2018.

Odell was reported to have recently been released from prison. He was sentenced May 17, 2018, to 10 years in Texas Department of Criminal Justice after his probation was revoked on a stalking charge and transferred from Hopkins County jail to a state facility on June 28, 2018, according to jail and court records. He was released from TDCJ April 18, 2019 according to officials.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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