by Emily Waldrep
An 18-year-old Spurger man identified as Danny Lee Sirmons, Jr., is in stable condition in St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont after being shot by an officer after Sirmons began shooting a weapon through the walls of his mobile home in close proximity to his family on March 6. After the call came in to the Tyler County Communications, the first on-scene deputy was met by a family member, and the situation was explained.
"According to family members, they had attempted to speak with Sirmons and were met by gunshots that came through the walls of the mobile home," said Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford.
While the deputy continued to speak with Sirmons' family, he observed Sirmons exiting the mobile home with a long gun. The deputy repeatedly asked Sirmons to drop the weapon and talk with him, but his requests were met with refusal.
"Sirmons then fired at the deputy and the family member, just missing both as a gunshot entered the family residence," Weatherford said.
Taking cover, the deputy made repeated attempts to get Sirmons to drop the gun. As other Tyler County deputies, officers from the Woodville Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers arrived, Sirmons began firing more rounds at law enforcement.
When Sirmons began advancing toward officers with the gun pointed at them and shouting threatening statements, he was shot one time in the upper left torso.
When the initial call was received, EMS personnel were dispatched to be on standby in case medical attention was needed, and arrived on the scene within minutes. Sirmons was taken by helicopter to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont.
As of March 7, Sirmons was listed in stable condition.