Jeffrey Brooks, fugitive, shot and killed by law enforcement officers near Clute

Published on Sunday, 13 September 2015 17:43 - Written by Kenneth Dean, kdean@tylerpaper.com

A man who was accused of carjacking a Tyler motorist and stealing a Smith County sheriff’s patrol unit last week was shot and killed by law enforcement officers in Brazoria County early Sunday. 

Jeffrey Eugene Brooks, 29, was located at a residence in the Clute area about 12:15 a.m. Sunday and exited holding a firearm and attempted to leave in a vehicle, Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said. 

Smith said several of his detectives and Texas Ranger Brent Davis had traveled to the area to track Brooks down. 

"At approximately 12:16 am this morning, members of Region 2 SRT, Alvin / Pearland / League City (Combined Agency Response Team) Team, Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force (US Marshals Task Force) began surrounding a residence that Smith County officials had tracked Brooks to," Smith said. "Jeffrey Brooks exited the residence a short time later, holding a firearm and attempted to flee the residence in a passenger car. As he was leaving he also attempted to run over law enforcement officers at the scene before crashing into another vehicle. Brooks was killed by members of the local tactical team." 

Smith County Sheriff’s Office deputies had been searching for Brooks since they tried to stop him about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. Brooks, of Palestine, was wanted out of Wood County on a felony aggravated assault warrant. Sheriff’s officials said Brooks led deputies on a high-speed chase into Tyler, where Tyler police deployed tire spikes, causing damage to his vehicle, but he continued and eventually ditched that vehicle and carjacked a man stopped at a stop sign.

He then drove that vehicle until he wrecked on Gentry Parkway, ran away, and while deputies were searching from him, he broke the window of a patrol unit, got inside and drove away. Officers chased him and he wrecked the sheriff’s Chevrolet Tahoe. He then stole a late model Chevrolet pickup and led authorities on another chase in northern Smith County before he lost the officers, sheriff’s officials said. 

According to Wood County Judicial records, Brooks recently was indicted on multiple felony charges, including habitual evading arrest in a vehicle and possession of a controlled substance. 

He also was wanted on a parole violation out of Georgia for a 2010 conviction of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a felon.

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