Texas Rangers investigating officer-involved shooting in Honey Grove

Drew Smith, Herald Democrat

The Texas Department of Public Safety have identified the man who was shot by a Honey Grove Police Department officer on Sunday night, after the man allegedly became combative during a traffic stop.

John Earl Mackey, 53, of Honey Grove was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault on a public servant and taking a law enforcement officer’s weapon. According to a DPS press release, which did not initially identify Mackey, an officer initiated a traffic stop against the driver of black Chevrolet vehicle on South Second Street at approximately 9:45 p.m. Sunday, for an unspecified violation. The release stated the driver then became aggressive toward the officer. DPS Staff Sgt. Mark Tackett later identified the driver as Mackey.

“The driver engaged the officer in a physical altercation, prompting the officer to fire his weapon,” the release said. “The suspect was transported to a local hospital with a non-life-threatening injury.”

Tackett said he had no additional information regarding the investigation Tuesday afternoon. Honey Grove Police Department Chief Joe Matas declined to identify the officer, but said he had been placed on administrative leave in accordance with department policy. Citing the ongoing investigation, led by the Texas Rangers, Matas said he could not discuss how many shots the officer fired or whether the officer was injured.

“I can’t tell you any of that right now,” Matas said. “It’s all still under investigation.”

A search of Mackey’s criminal history in Fannin County yielded multiple disposed charges from the 1990s, including misdemeanor assault, felony theft and fleeing a police officer. Mackey remained in the Fannin County Jail Tuesday with his bond set at $45,000. It was unclear whether Mackey had obtained an attorney.

The Texas Department of Pubic Safety and Texas Rangers oversee shooting investigations which involve law enforcement officers.