ROCKWALL – A former Hunt County constable apparently shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and seriously wounded her male companion last night shortly before 8 pm in a parking lot at The Harbor.
The suspect, Anthony Dewayne Lewis, 47, was then was shot and killed by law enforcement officers in Greenville, after he led numerous officers on a high-speed chase on I-30 from Rockwall to Garland, and back through Rockwall to Greenville. His death is being reported by WFAA-News8TV and 88.9 KETR Radio in Commerce.
The names of the victim and her companion have not been released. Both were shot multiple times. There is no word yet about his condition or which hospital he is in.
Lewis had served as a Hunt County constable but was defeated in the May, 2012 primary election. No other information is available about him at this time.
Rockwall Police said that Lewis’ vehicle was observed by Garland Police about 30 minutes after the shooting and, when they attempted to stop and arrest him, Lewis fled eastward across the I-30 bridge into Rockwall in his small black vehicle.
Rockwall Police and Sheriff’s Office officers then joined in the chase, during which at least one patrol car was damaged. There are no reports of injuries to law enforcement officers.
When the chase reached Greenville, Lewis made a u-turn and attempted to flee west but at least one tire was spiked by police and his car came to a stop on a service road.
After Lewis got out of his car and pointed his handgun at police, there was an exchange of gunfire and the suspect was hit, said Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman Trooper Lonny Haschel. The suspect was taken to Presbyterian Hospital and then flown to Dallas Parkland Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Rockwall Police are investigating the shootings at The Harbor, while DPS is investigating the shooting in Greenville.
There were numerous reports on Facebook last night of area residents who saw and heard police car sirens.
Word of the shootings also traveled fast through the crowd at the conclusion of the Rockwall County Republican Party’s Reagan Day Dinner at the Hilton Hotel at The Harbor, where about 250 people, including most of the area’s elected officials were gathered. Law enforcement officers at the event escorted the officials to their vehicles.
This is the third domestic violence-related incident during the past year at which someone was killed related to Rockwall County. Fifteen year-old Heath High School student Surie Baeza was killed by her mother’s ex-boyfriend at her Rockwall home Oct. 30, 2012. Heath radiologist Timothy Glenn Roses murdered his girlfriend and then committed suicide in Waterloo, Iowa, March 21, 2012.
By J.J. Smith, Publisher