According to the Snyder Police Department, the deceased has been identified as Snyder resident Morgan Shane West, 38 years old. The preliminary cause of death has been ruled as a gunshot wound.
Snyder PD continues to cooperate with the Texas Rangers during the shooting investigation. Officer Merket will continue to be on administrative leave so that the investigation can be completed by the Texas Rangers.
"This is a very difficult time for the City of Snyder and the Snyder Police Department. Our condolences go out to the family of Mr. West during this difficult time," said Brian Haggard, Chief of Police for Snyder PD.
According to the Snyder Police Department, on Feb. 7, 2019 at approximately 6:35 PM officers with the Snyder Police Department were dispatched to an incident in the 3600 block of Jacksboro Ave. When the first officer on the scene arrived she made contact with a male subject and an altercation began. During the altercation the officer fired her weapon and the suspect was shot. The suspect was later pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Norma Martinez. The Snyder Police Department has asked the Texas Rangers to investigate the shooting.
The officer is identified as Officer Whitney Merket who is a 7-year veteran of the Snyder Police Department. She has been placed on administrative leave pending the Ranger's investigation.
The suspect has not been identified and was taken to Lubbock, Texas for an autopsy.
Further information will be released at a later time.