CLEVELAND, Tx. – A massive manhunt is underway in Liberty County after a suspect allegedly shot four people on Wednesday morning, including a sheriff’s deputy.
Reports say that the suspect has been identified as Pavol Vido. Vido allegedly opened fire on three citizens and a deputy. The sheriff’s deputy was shot in the neck and was transported via helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center.
One of the women who was shot was pronounced dead from her injuries.
Deputies say that Vido walked into B Dependable Plumbing and opened fire, killing the woman. Right after, two men walked into the store and were reportedly shot as well. Then Vido fled the scene. The shooting was reported at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
A deputy spotted Vido down the street from the original shooting. When he attempted to engage the suspect, Vido opened fire, striking the deputy in the neck and taking off once again.
The following video comes live from the scene of the veterinary clinic where the deputy and Vido exchanged fire.
Lisa Bettilyon is the manager of the vet office where the shootout with the deputy occurred.
“He was standing there, pointing the gun towards the cops. Very scary. Very very scary,” said Bettilyon. “He was just determined, he had a gun pointed straight at them. He was set to hurt somebody, absolutely.”
She also says she knows the deputy who was shot, saying he is a “sweet gentleman” who would bring his rescue kitty in.
The deputy was treated for the gunshot wound and is listed in stable condition. The conditions of the two other victims are currently unknown.
Vido is reportedly driving a 2004 white Mercury vehicle. It is unknown whether the suspect and the victims knew each other.
Schools in the area are on “lock-in” procedures while law enforcement officials continue to search for the suspect.
The Cleveland ISD issued the following statement.
Due to the incident that happen this morning in Liberty County near Tarkington, Cleveland ISD is under “lock-in”. All of our campuses and buildings at this time will remain on lock-in for the safety and security of our students and staff.
Any, and all ceremonies including awards on all campuses will be rescheduled at a later date.
As always, Cleveland Independent School District put students and staff’s safety as the first priority! Parents expect their children to be safe at school, and the District’s intention is to provide a safe environment for everyone.
*Lock-in: All campuses are locked. No visitors will be allowed to enter, nor exit buildings.
The search for Vido is ongoing.
Law Enforcement Today will continue to bring you updates on this story as more information becomes public.