Man fatally shot by deputy in Harker Heights identified

A man who was shot and killed by a Bell County Sheriff’s deputy has been identified as 59-year-old Lyle Patrick Blanchard of Harker Heights.

According to authorities, Blanchard was observed driving erratically at around 3:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30th in the 12900 block of East Knights Way. The deputy attempted to stop Blanchard, but he refused to comply and a pursuit ensued. The chase ended in a private driveway in the 123000 Block of East Knights Way.

It was there that Blanchard exited his vehicle and confronted the deputy, according to police.

Shots were fired and Blanchard was struck in the upper body, police report. Medical aid was provided but the man was pronounced dead at the scene, say police.

Details such as where Blanchard was in relation to the deputy, and whether or not he was armed have not yet been released.

The deputy was not harmed in the incident. He has been placed on leave pending the results an investigation by the Texas Rangers that is ongoing. According to police, placing an officer on leave is standard practice.

The police have reported that there is dashcam video of the incident, which has been entered into evidence.

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