Police arrest suspect after shooting and standoff near church in Temple

Emani Payne reports.

A suspect was taken into custody Thursday after a shooting and nearly seven hour standoff in Temple.

Police initially responded around 9 a.m. Thursday to a report of a man with a knife at the Feed My Sheep Homeless Shelter, which is located at 112 W. Ave G in Temple.

Dispatch gave officers a description of the suspect. Shortly after arriving at the shelter, officers saw a man matching the description. The man ran away, and gunshots were exchanged, according to the Temple Police Department.

During the gunfire, a female bystander was shot in the leg. She was transported to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple for treatment, but her condition was not immediately released by law enforcement.

The woman was a St. Mary's Catholic School faculty members.

Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, Bishop of Austin issued the following statement: 

Today St. Mary’s Catholic School in Temple experienced a random act of violence. I was surprised and shocked to hear that one of our Catholic school faculty members was the inadvertent victim of a shot fired by a suspect police were pursuing. This teacher was an innocent bystander to this incident. I offer my prayers for the community of St. Mary’s Catholic School and all those affected. I thank the teachers and faculty who took quick action to keep all the children safe. I also thank the Temple Police Department and Scott & White EMS for their actions as first responders as well as the medical personnel at Scott & White Medical Center - Temple for their care of the teacher. I ask everyone to pray for St. Mary’s Catholic School and those affected by this incident.

The Texas Rangers will launch an investigation to determine whether it was the officers or the suspect who shot the woman.

The suspect ended up barricading himself in a house in the 800 block of S. 7th Street. Officers secured a large perimeter, and a nearly seven hour standoff ensued.

The Temple SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiators Unit were both dispatched.

Nearby St. Mary's Catholic School, Ebony and Ivory's Childcare and Kid Grace Learning Center in Temple were all placed on hard lockdowns as officers continued to deal with the suspect.

"The Negotiators Unit made contact with the subject and started a dialog." Temple Police Spokesperson Shawana Neely wrote in a press release. "During which time the subject was asked to surrender multiple times.  Negotiators were in contact with the subject for over six hours but the subject still refused to surrender."

SWAT officers eventually deployed less lethal chemicals into the house in order to prompt a surrender. The suspect ultimately surrendered himself around 3:45 p.m. and was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hospital for observation, Neely said.

The suspect was identified as 39-year-old Randle Jackson, according to Temple Police.

The Temple Police Department's Violent Crime Squad will investigate the case, in addition to the Texas Rangers' separate investigation.

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