Acting on a tip, Tyler police officers converged on a Tyler home Thursday and arrested fourth suspect in a gang shooting that killed a 20-year-old woman in July.
Though police did take 18-year-old Elisha “EJ” Williams into custody, it was not without shots being fired.
Doyle Lynch, the department’s training officer, said multiple officers shot and killed a charging pit bull.
“A pit bull followed the last female out of the residence,” Lynch said. “Officers ordered them to put the dog back in the house. The orders were ignored. The dog then aggressively went toward officers. Fearing for their safety and the safety of others at the scene, officers shot the dog.”
Williams was the last suspect wanted in the death of Briana Young, who was killed during a shootout between rival gangs at P.T. Cole Park. She died while holding her 3-year-old son in her arms.
Lynch said after the dog was shot, Williams came out of the home and surrendered peacefully.
He was booked into the Smith County Jail and was being held on a $1 million bond.
Ke’Avier Jarrod Wilson-Hurd, 20, Dennis Montrell Bendy, 19, Rakheem Goldstein, 20, all of Tyler, have been charged with murder and remained in the Smith County Jail on $1 million bonds on Thursday.
Lynch said an investigation is ongoing into the shooting of the dog.
“Anytime our weapons are discharged, we have to turn it over to investigators.” he said.
Northeast Texas Public Health District animal control officer took the dead dog from the scene.