A 29 year-old man from Fort Worth, Texas is dead after a shootout with two Crawford County deputies and a Highway Patrol Trooper in Phelps County this morning.
The Secret Service had contacted the Cuba Police Department and told them that they thought Patrick Lee Greer, who was wanted felony warrants for assault, a drug violation, and engaging in organized crime, was in the area.
Jason Clark, Public Information Officer for the Texas Department of Corrections, says Greer had served three terms in prison. In 2003 he was sentenced to 3 years for possession of methamphetamine; in 2004 he was sentenced to 3 years for forgery and in 2006 he served 1 year for fraud. He was released in September of 2007.
Greer wrote on his myspace page in an entry dated February 28, 2010, "they want me to spend the rest of my life in prison, I know that will never happen, this means I will cause harm to myself and no one will ever see me again"
A Cuba police officer and Crawford County authorities spotted the truck and the fugitive in the parking lot of a business and approached the vehicle. Crain says, "The man took off in the vehicle and dragged the Cuba police officer a short distance."
Authorities threw out spike strips at several location along I-44 in an a attempt to disable the mans truck. The spike strips blew out three of the four tires on the vehicle near the westbound 200 mile marker not far from St. James.
It was then that Greer stepped out of his truck with a pistol pointed at his head, he then turned the weapon towards the the trooper and the Crawford County deputies and began firing. The cops returned fire killing Greer, who was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. It is unclear at this time how many times Greer fired his weapon, or who may have fired the fatal shot that killed him as he was shot numerous times.
All of the officers involved in the shooting have been placed on routine administrative leave, which is common in officer involved shooting incidents, pending the outcome of the investigation.