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The Death of Nathan Pierce

Jul 30th, 2012 | Category: Grayson County

KXII TV , July 13, 2012

A Southmayd man man is dead, shot by a Grayson County Sheriff’s Deputy, who said the man tried to escape custody. Victoria Maranan spoke with the Grayson County sergeant and brings us the details.
Sgt. Rickey Wheeler of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office said a local judged ordered for Nathan Gene Pierce to be transported to a state hospital in Wichita Falls from a mental facility here in Sherman. Wheeler said as Pierce was being transported by a sheriff’s deputy, Pierce tried to get away.

Sgt. Wheeler said about two hours into the trip, Pierce told the deputy he needed to use the restroom. So, the deputy pulled over at a rest stop on highway 82, just outside of Henrietta.

“At that time the officer and the transportee got out of the car. The transportee, Mr. Pierce assaulted the officer, they were in some type of struggle,” he said.

DPS trooper Tony Fulton said during the struggle, the deputy’s taser was dislodged.

“Prisoner was able to get a hold of that taser and after he got a hold of that, he then charged towards the deputy who fired one shot, striking Pierce,” he said.

The shot struck pierce in the chest. Wheeler said Pierce had to be transported to United Regional Health Care Center in Wichita Falls, where he was pronounced dead.
Wheeler said the deputy was just defending himself.

“He had the taser in his hand. If he tases the deputy, the deputy becomes immobile. Then at that point, the man can take the weapon away from the deputy and kill him,” he said.

“Anytime you’re transporting a prisoner, theres always a certain level of danger there,” said Trooper Fulton.

“Chief Raines, myself and the sheriff went to the location. The sheriff went to check on his deputy to see how he was mentally and physically, and Chief Rains and I are just there strictly for the internal affairs investigation,” said Wheeler.

Wheeler said the deputy is on administrative leave until an internal affairs investigation is finished.

“Physically, he was not harmed. Mentally, he’s very upset, he’s very distraught over what happened,” he said.

Wheeler said Pierce was in handcuffs during the trip.

The Texas Rangers and the Clay County Sheriff’s Office are investigating this incident. The deputy involved is on leave and his name has not been released.

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BOSWELL, Okla – Published in The Herald Democrat on July 15, 2012

Nathan Gene Pierce, 32, passed away, Thursday July 12, 2012 in Wichita Falls. He was born July 27, 1979 in Talihina, OK, the son of Jimmy Pierce and Barbara Pierce Todd and had lived in the Boswell, Okla area and Sherman most of his life. Nathan enjoyed kickboxing and was a member of the Fight Time Club. He also enjoyed weight lifting, fishing, singing and spending time with his nieces. He also liked to hike and run. Nathan was a member of the Cowboy Church in Southmayd. He will be truly missed by all who knew him.

Nathan is survived by his father, Jimmy Pierce of Boswell, Okla; mother, Barbara Pierce Todd of Sherman; step-mom, Caroline Harris of Boswell, Okla; brother, Joe Clay Harris of Boswell, Okla; sister, Nikki Pierce of Sherman, Texas; five nieces, Rumor Joe Harris, Chealsey Cox and Makaylah Cox, Alyssa Buell and Cheyenne Buell along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends from Texas to Oklahoma.

Family visitation will be held between noon -8 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at the family home of Bonnie Ensey in Unger, Okla. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Monday July 16 at Pigeon Roost in Boswell, Okla with Bro. Jerry Baccus officiating. Burial will be at the Wade Cemetery in Unger, Okla.


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9 years ago

I am sorry to hear about the death of Nathan. I am trying to locate Barbara Todd. We are still legally married and I need to contact her.
Can someone please contact me about her whereabouts?

Thank you
Vic Todd

9 years ago

I am sorry to hear about another unnecessary death of a person in jail. [EDITOR: Pierce was not in jail, but he was in the custody of a deputy who should have been trained to deal with a mentally ill man in restraints.]
Unfortunately, the county and the state jails in TEXAS operate with corruption on a daily basis and it will continue. Approximately 75% of the people being locked up in Texas jails have mental & emotional problems. These individuals need to be in a mental hospital not JAIL! Good luck on getting the truth on exactly how the individual died.

9 years ago

I am very interested in obtaining any information of any type regarding this death. I am the lead investigator for a Dallas law firm, English and Associates, PLLC, and represent the mother of this young man. Please contact me at anytime.
Greg Robinson
Director of Investigations
214-528-4300 (Office)
214_679-5883 (Personal Cell #)