Texas Rangers investigating Bowie County deputy involved shooting

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TEXARKANA — The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the Texas Rangers to investigate a deputy involved shooting that occurred Dec. 10 involving a suicidal Simms man.

The sheriff’s office says that a deputy fired a shot at 60-year-old Mark Robert Peters during negotiations late Friday morning.

At around 11:42 a.m., deputies responded to 6588 FM 44 in Simms regarding a suicidal person. When deputies arrived, according to the sheriff’s office, Peters fired a shot from inside the residence and refused to come out, threatening deputies in the process.

Deputies began negotiations at a safer distance and tried to resolve the situation peacefully, according to the sheriff’s office. Peters then exited the home and fired his gun before going back into the residence.

After several hours of negotiations, according to the sheriff’s office, Peters exited the home again and still carrying the weapons. Peters then walked through the front yard and turned toward deputies, according to the sheriff’s office, and placed them in “imminent danger,” according to the sheriff’s office.


A single shot was fired by a deputy and struck Peters. The sheriff’s office says they provided immediately medical attention, and Peters was taken by LifeNet ambulance to Titus Regional Medical Center in Mount Pleasant before being airlifted to UT Tyler Hospital.

According to the sheriff’s office, Peters’ condition is critical.

The sheriff’s office says Texas Parks and Wildlife, the De Kalb Police Department, and the Texas Department of Transportation assisted them in resolving the incident.

The Texas Rangers investigating officer involved shootings is a standard part of the investigations.