VIDEO: Officers in fatal Kilgore shootout return to duty

Published on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:03 - Written by

(MCT) -- Four members of the Kilgore Police Department and one Gregg County deputy have been cleared to return to full duty following a deadly shootout this past month.

Kilgore Police Chief Todd Hunter returned from administrative leave March 5, and Sgt. Jarod Sears and Cpl. Kevin Stewart and officer Amos Owings returned to full duty Friday, Kilgore Patrol Lt. Tony Stone said.

“There’s a process we go through and they have completed that process,” Stone said Tuesday.

Sheriff Maxey Cerliano said deputy Chase Doss was cleared Feb. 28 and returned to full duty March 3.

Neither of the men had appeared before the grand jury.

The officers were on paid administrative leave following a Feb. 18 shootout in the 1900 block of Texas 31 where police shot and killed 37-year-old Randy Vinson.

Police arrived at the home that morning after receiving numerous reports of gunfire.

When they arrived, they found Vinson’s 32-year-old sister-in-law Elizabeth Vinson dead inside an SUV parked in the yard.

Randy Vinson, armed with a fully-loaded SKS assault rifle, exchanged fire with officers who shot and killed him.

Police said a family dispute over drug use and Randy Vinson’s eviction from the home led him to ambush his sister-in-law, shooting her at close range with a handgun as she sat in the vehicle with two teenagers and another woman.