Two suspects are on the run as officers from multiple agencies search through wooded areas off Hwy. 135 and other parts of downtown Kilgore.
The manhunt began earlier this morning when the two men, a white male and a black male, fled troopers from Texas Department of Public Safety about 8:45 a.m.
According to Gregg County Constable Daniel Morgan, “They were in a black vehicle that ran from DPS in Smith County. They ran here to the Kilgore area.”
Shortly after 9 a.m., the men abandoned the vehicle and split up: the search so far has included areas around the Kilgore traffic circle, along Commerce Street and the railroad tracks, into the woods off Hwy. 135 and Gladewater Street, portions of downtown Kilgore and other possible locations.
“There are at least three K-9s out right now,” Morgan confirmed: he’s monitoring Gladewater Street as about a dozen other units congregate at different points.
Kilgore PD as well as the Gregg County and the Smith County Sheriff’s Office all have K-9 teams in the search. Other agencies providing officers include DPS and Texas Parks & Wildlife in addition to various units out of Gregg County, with multiple officers carrying long rifles as they pursue the men.
There’s little information available about the suspects – the white male was previously described as wearing a flat-billed cap and baggy clothes.
“Smith County (DPS) was making a stop and they took off,” Morgan confirmed. “They were on Interstate 20 and cut up Old Gladewater" before abandoning the vehicle and fleeing on foot.