KETR Local
8:52 am
Mon March 1, 2010

Group investigating recent shootings


Hunt County – The NAACP has opened an investigation into the recent shooting deaths of two men by local law enforcement officers.

The NAACP State Conference has launched a formal inquiry into the shootings of Edward Markeist Wheaton and Vincent Thomas.

Wheaton died Feb. 20 at the scene of a multi-vehicle crash near the intersection of Wesley and Stanford Streets. Officers from three law enforcement agencies were reported to have fired on Wheaton's vehicle, after he reportedly used the truck to ram a DPS patrol unit and at least one other vehicle. Wheaton was unarmed.

For Thomas, he was one of three suspects who allegedly participated in the Feb. 20 armed robbery of Bonnie Lou's Game Room near Quinlan.