CONROE – A 54-year-old Lufkin man wanted in connection with an attempt to shoot a Corrigan police officer last month was recently taken into custody during a multi-agency operation carried out in Montgomery County.
Derrie Derwin Scott was being held this week in the Polk County Jail in Livingston on a charge of attempted capital murder of a peace office in connection with the Aug. 23 incident during which a suspect exchanged gunfire with a Corrigan patrolman during a traffic stop.
He also was being held on nine Angelina County charges that included two bond surrender warrants, a felony evading arrest or detention with a vehicle complaint and six probation violation warrants. A $100,000 bond was set on the attempted capital murder charge, five of the Angelina County warrants carried bonds totaling $47,500 but four of the Angelina County complaints require that Scott be held without bond.
According to a press release issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Scott’s arrest came after a warrant for his arrest was issued in Polk County in connection with the shooting incident. It was carried out by United States Deputy Marshals, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team members, Willis police, state troopers and Texas Rangers.
The shooting incident began about 3:17 a.m. on Aug. 23 when a CPD officer stopped an eastbound, dark-colored Jeep Cherokee in the 1600 block of U.S. 287 in Corrigan. The vehicle was reportedly traveling 77 mph in a 55 mph speed zone.
When the CPD officer made contact with the driver, the suspect told the officer that his driver’s license was in a backpack on the backseat behind his seat. The officer gave the man permission to retrieve his license.
According to the CPD reports, after the driver got out of the SUV he seemed to be very nervous, and when the officer was unable to see the man’s right hand, he told the driver, “Let me see your hands.”
At that point, the man allegedly pointed a hand gun at the officer and the officer told the suspect, “I said don’t move.”
The suspect is then alleged to have fired at least one shot at the CPD officer, who drew his own weapon and exchanged gunshots with the suspect. Neither the officer nor the suspect were reported as being hit by the gunfire.
According to investigators, during the exchange of gunfire the driver realized he hadn’t put the Jeep into park when it started moving down the shoulder of the road.
He reportedly ran to and got inside the vehicle. Once inside the suspect is said to have made a U turn and then proceeded to side swipe the patrol car, knocking off the mirror before speeding off towards Groveton and Trinity County.
A Jeep, believed to have been used by Scott during the shooting, was recovered on Sept. 15 in Trinity County by Texas Rangers and the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation into the shooting incident is still underway.