Suspect apprehended after midnight
MABANK–A Kemp Police Officer was shot while assisting Mabank Police with a domestic disturbance call Sunday afternoon at Cottage Row Apartments.
Mabank Police Department received a 9-1-1 call at 3:46 p.m. regarding an angry man who threatened to shoot his wife. Mabank Police Officers responded to 1432 S. Dink Street in the city.
According to Kemp Police Chief Suzanne Martin, the call came in for Kemp PD to assist. “That is normal for us. We assist Mabank and they assist us,” Martin told The Monitor.
The shots came as officers entered the apartment and cleared rooms. The officers heard noises overhead. The suspect barricaded himself in the attic of the apartment with a weapon and fired shots through the ceiling, striking Kemp Police Sergeant Mitzi Storey in the shoulder.
Storey, a retired Department of Public Safety (DPS) with 20 plus years of service joined Kemp PD December 2019 as an Administrative Sergeant.
Storey was transported to a local hospital with a fractured clavicle. Martin said Storey was released to recover at home with her family and may require surgery at a later time to remove the bullet. Kemp PD posted on Facebook, “Thank you to numerous responding agencies who assisted.
Kemp PD Sergeant Storey is in stable condition and will need some time to recover. Thank you for all of your thoughts, prayers, and messages. We ask you give Sergeant Storey some time to rest and be with her family while she heals.
We are Kemp Strong!”
Several agencies responded to the scene including Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office and DPS. The standoff continued into the night and occupants of the apartment complex were evacuated for their safety.
Arturo Cantero Lagunas was taken into custody by DPS SWAT shortly after midnight with a gunshot injury. He was transported to an area hospital for medical treatment and booked into Henderson County Jail.
When contacted Monday, Chief Martin said, “We are very, very thankful that Sergeant Storey is in good condition. She rested well during the night and is recovering with her family. We appreciate all the prayers and support as a city and a police community.”
Sergeant Storey is expected to make a complete recovery.
DPS and Texas Rangers are continuing the investigation into the incident.