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Crash claims Trinity County sheriff
Houston County Courier - November 2008
By Daphne Hereford
A Thanksgiving Day crash at the end of FM 3453 claimed the life of 58-year-oldTrinity County Sheriff Brent Lee.
According to news reports, at the time of the accident the sheriff, along with two deputies in separate vehicles, were responding to 911 calls placed from Pinecrest Estates.
The sheriff and deputies reportedly responded to numerous calls from the development, which ended with a shooting during a party.
Television news reports indicate that the shooting involved a Trinity police dispatcher Chassin Bynum, who was airlifted to a Tyler hospital.
News reports indicated she was in stable condition as of Friday morning, Nov. 28..
Bynum was reportedly attending a party at a trailer in Pinecrest Estates. Sheriff Lee was first called there at around 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning regarding a hit and run, but the suspects had already fled the scene.
He returned about 20 minutes later after Bynum was shot.
While Lee was at the hospital with Bynum more shots were fired from the same location.
On that third trip to the location when the crash occurred on FM 3453, which is off Hwy. 19, about one mile south of the Trinity city limit sign.
News reports said the Texas Rangers are assisting in the shooting investigation and no arrests have been made.
Lee was elected for a term that begins Jan. 1 but he was sworn in this summer following the outgoing sheriff's resignation.
Lee was the son of a former Trinity County sheriff, former state corrections officer and former Livingston police officer. The last 30 years Lee worked for the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission, retiring as a lieutenant in the Lufkin office.
Authorities said an autopsy had been ordered and until that is completed Lee's funeral arrangements are pending.
He leaves a wife and two grown children.