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Disturbance call ends in fatal shooting

By Gail Joiner BCC Publisher

On Thursday, March 16, the Bandera County Sheriffs Department responded to an early evening disturbance call in the 1,000 block of Rio Ranchero in Pipe Creek.
47-year-old Michael Sanders was reportedly banging on his grandmother’s door and would not go away. Frightened, the woman contacted the Sheriff’s office at 8:33 pm for assistance.
Upon arrival, the dispatched Deputy approached the subject in an effort to calm the situation. Sanders continued to behave in a belligerent manor and confronted the Deputy brandishing a knife. During the fact to face confrontation, the Deputy shot the armed man. Sanders later died from the wound.
Sanders, at the time of the incident, resided on the same property in Pipe Creek in a separate dwelling.
At the request of the Bandera County Sheriff’s Department Texas Rangers have assumed the investigation of the case. The Deputy involved has been placed on administrative leave according to department policy.
Investigating officer, Texas Ranger Terry Snyder has requested that the name of the deputy and certain details of the case be withheld from publication while the investigation continues.