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Shooting at City Hall averted; suspect on the loose

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The Ellis County Press

MAYPEARL - Maypearl Police Chief Lester Taylor is thanking God today.

According to Mayor Kelly Jacobson and Taylor at a press conference today in front of Maypearl City Hall, an incident occurred around 5:30 a.m. this morning; a still-unidentified suspect barged into City Hall, Jacobson and Taylor said, knocking the door off its hinges, and proceeded to wrestle with Chief Taylor; the suspect reportedly pulled the chief's gun and pointed it at him, but the safety lock was on and the gun did not fire.

The suspect fled, where he is still at large as of this time.

Investigators with County/District Attorney Joe Grubbs' office said the Texas Rangers and Ellis County Sheriff's Office are working on a joint investigation.

Chief Taylor said he had never seen the man before in his life, adding that he was thanking the Lord for protecting him today. Nearby Maypearl schools were put on lock down for about 30 minutes, city officials said.

Due to the nature of the investigation, Jacobson and Taylor said they could not provide any further details about the situation or the suspect, though Taylor said it's likely the suspect would be facing attempted capital murder charges.

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