Still unknown if woman killed by Bastrop deputy was armed



Posted on February 16, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 3:46 PM

BASTROP, Texas -- It still hasn't been determined whether a woman was armed when officials say a Bastrop County deputy shot and killed her.

Yvette Smith, 47, was fatally shot by Bastrop deputy Daniel Willis, 28, after authorities responded to a disturbance call Sunday morning in Lake Bastrop Acres.

Around 12:30 a.m. deputies arrived at the home on Cool Water Drive and Zimmerman Avenue. Two males were fighting over a gun.

First they separated the men. One man was outside, and the other man was inside with other people. Deputies tried to make contact with the people inside in the home by giving verbal commands. The people in the home disregarded all commands to come out, officials say. 

Earlier it was reported that Smith approached the doorway of the home with a firearm and disregarded the deputy's commands. Smith was then shot by the deputy.

Police are now saying no evidence exists that suggests Smith had a firearm or that she intentionally was ignoring police instruction.

Smith was transported to St. David’s Emergency Hospital in Bastrop and pronounced dead. No other injuries were reported.

Willis was placed on administrative leave. He started as a deputy with Bastrop County in May 2013. 

The Texas Rangers are assisting in the investigation.

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