A Doyline man is recovering after being shot by a Webster Parish deputy Friday evening.
Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton said two deputies responded to a domestic violence call in the 700 block of Carter Road around 6:30 p.m. Sexton said a witness called police, after seeing a man hit on a woman.
According to Sexton, when deputies arrived, a man by the name of Bert Houston, 45, came out of his home onto the front porch and aimed a cross bow at them. Sexton said the bow had a broad head tip on it commonly used in deer hunting.
The deputies reportedly told the man to put the cross bow down, and when he didn't, Sexton said one of the deputies fired two shots, striking Houston above the ankle and in the
Houston was air-lifted to University Health with non-life threatening injuries.
The deputy has been with the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office for over two years. He has been tested for intoxication and has been put on paid administrative leave.
Sexton said the deputies and Houston were about 30 to 45 yards apart and a taser would not have provided an accurate shot. He said a taser is only accurate for up to 15 yards.
Sexton said if someone can accurately aim a cross bow, it can hit a target
as far away as 40 yards.
Sexton says Houston is a convicted felon, and has a history of pulling weapons on people. He said charges are pending.