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“Cedar Lake man killed in officer-involved shooting ” by: Mike Reddell

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   The Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release Saturday afternoon, Nov. 18, on the officer-involved fatal shooting of a Cedar Lake man early Thursday afternoon, Nov. 16.
   The Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team (SRT) Team attempted to serve a felony arrest warrant on Chester Randolph Ward, 68, at an address in the 1700 block of FM 2611 in Cedar Lake, around 1:20 p.m. Thursday, sheriff’s reports show.
   The warrant was for terroristic threat that involved threats made against the police, the public and his family, the sheriff’s office reported.
   When the SRT served the warrant, gun shots were fired inside the residence and Ward was shot, reports said.
   Ward fired first at the deputies before they returned fire, Sheriff Skipper Osborne said Monday morning. 
    Within minutes, EMS was on scene, where it was determined Ward was dead, the sheriff’s office reported.
The scene was immediately secured and Sheriff Skipper Osborne was notified.
    Osborne notified the Texas Rangers of the incident who responded and took control over the scene and is conducting the investigation, reports show.
   Osborne said he was grateful that none of his deputies was injured in the incident.
   Further details of this incident are pending release from the Texas Rangers.

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