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Vidor man fatally shot in officer-involved shooting

Updated: Friday, July 11 2014, 11:47 PM CDT
VIDOR - by Kara Dixon

A 911 call for a domestic disturbance ended with the death of a Vidor man who shot by police officers.

While Vidor police have not named the victim, family members say 41-year-old Joe Greer was shot and killed.

Greer's mother Anna Marie Greer says after an argument, her son took off to walk around the neighborhood to cool down.

"He took off on foot ad after that, that's all she wrote," she said.

Vidor police chief David Shows say police responded to the domestic disturbance call at 4:28 p.m.

At 4:45 p.m., officers encountered a man who had left the disturbance. Two minutes later, the officers called for an ambulance because shots had been fired.

James Greer, the victim's father, says the police never told them their son was killed.

They heard the news from a neighbor.

James Greer said when he asked police at the scene about his son, "she said back off. Wouldn't give me no information or anything," he said, referring to an officer.

The family says Joe Greer, who would have celebrated his 42 birthday in 5 days, leaves behind a 15-year-old son.

Greer's aunt doesn't know what her nephew could have done to have this happen.

"He was a good kid," she said. "He would give someone the shirt right off his back."

Texas Ranger Bobby Smith is in charge of the investigation. Vidor police say the officers involved with the shooting have been placed on paid leave.

As for the family, they are waiting for answers.

"That's my third son gone. I have none left, but I have
God," said Anna Marie Greer.

Vidor officers were called to a home Friday on East Railroad.

KBTV has learned that the police tried to detain the victim but he resisted.

During a scuffle, police say officers shot him. The man died at the scene.

Family members have given KBTV the name of the victim, but police have not officially released it.

Both officers are now on leave with pay. Vidor man fatally shot in officer-involved shooting

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