Lee County deputy injured after shootout with suspect

A Lee County deputy has been hospitalized after a shooting in Dime Box, located less than 20 miles north of Giddings.

According to the Giddings Times and News, a call was received at 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10 about a man holding a woman and two minors hostage. Two Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the scene.

There was an exchange of gunfire and one of the deputies was shot in the neck. The injured deputy was last reported in stable condition after being flown to Austin.

The woman and the two minors were able to escape out a window. The woman told law enforcement that the suspect was lying in the hallway and that it was not clear if the suspect was dead. 

DPS arrived and sent in a thermal drone and found the suspect not moving. Law enforcement went in and the suspect was declared dead at the scene.

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The Sheriffs' Association of Texas posted on Facebook that the suspect in the incident was Raul Perez. The deputy who was injured was reportedly executing a warrant for Perez.

Perez, according to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, has a warrant out for failure to appear/sexual assault of a child and his priors for murder and sexual assault. The sheriff's office had posted about Perez at around 6:30 p.m. on May 10.

Texas Rangers have taken over the investigation.