Two Hill County Deputies Injured, Fatally Shoot Man in Domestic Call

Neighbor says man became troubled after he was struck by lightning several years ago

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    A man who allegedly shot two Hill County deputies died after exchanging fire with deputies.

    Two Hill County deputies were injured and a man was killed during a shootout after a domestic call near Whitney on Wednesday.

    Deputies were called to a residence on Timberline Road because of an alleged domestic issue between a woman and her estranged husband, according to Hill County Chief Deputy Stephen Girsh.

    Jason McIntyre, 27, came out of a Lake Whitney home two different times and opened fire on deputies, hitting a deputy each time, investigators said.

    Deputies Fatally Shoot Man Who Alleged Shot 2 Deputies

    [DFW] Deputies Fatally Shoot Man Who Alleged Shot 2 Deputies
    A man who allegedly shot two Hill County deputies died after exchanging fire with deputies.

    Sheriff Jeffrey Lyon said McIntyre pulled out a gun and started shooting at the responding deputies.

    "We attempted to make contact with him inside again," Lyon said. "At that point, he replied that he would come out with a fight."

    McIntyre allegedly set fire to his home after other deputies arrived and tried to talk him out of his home.

    He then fired at deputies again as the fire became intense, Lyon said.

    Another deputy was struck by the gunfire, and deputies returned fire, striking McIntyre.

    He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital while the deputies were both treated at local hospitals and released.

    McIntyre's estranged wife was not injured. Lyon said she called 911 and reported McIntyre was armed and violent.

    A neighbor said McIntyre became troubled after he was struck by lightning several years ago and started "hearing voices" and having hallucinations.

    "It's just a sad, sad deal," said neighbor Jon Eyman, who added the two were longtime friends. "He got struck by lightning, and it messed up his brain, and he was on medicine."

    The sheriff said deputies had dealt with McIntyre in previous domestic situations.

    "Domestic violence is one of the most serious calls we face this day and time," Lyon said. "They're unknown, and you never know what's behind that door."

    The Texas Rangers are investigating the shootings.