Shelby County Sheriff's Department Investigates Shooting Death

Shelby County Sheriff's Investigator Chad Brown (foreground) Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell (hat) and Shelby County Investigator DJ Dickerson (background) are seen investigating the scene at the front of the house Saturday.

August 30, 2014 - A residence located at 4110 County Road 1024 in Shelby County was the scene of a shooting death on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Shelby County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched at around 11:15am and began investigating the scene after the shooting victim was transported from the residence.

It was an emotional scene as deputies took Anderson into custody following the passing of Taylor Keele.Evidence of the incident appeared to be being gathered from the front porch of the residence by Sheriff's Department investigators.

According to a press release issued by Sheriff Willis Blackwell, on August 30, 2014 the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call indicating that there had been a shooting accident at a residence on County Road 1024 in Shelby County.

The initial investigation revealed that Bret Anderson, 25, of Center and Taylor Keele, 21, of Center were handling a firearm, a 9mm pistol, when Anderson unintentionally discharged the firearm which struck Keele in the chest.

Keele was transported by ACE EMS to the hospital in San Augustine, TX, where he was pronounced deceased after arrival. Anderson was arrested on scene and transported to the Shelby County Jail on the charge of manslaughter.

At the time of the press release the incident is believed to be purely accidental but the case is still under investigation.

Shelby County Sheriff's Investigator DJ Dickerson (left) and Sheriff Willis Blackwell (right) closely examine the scene of the shooting incident Saturday afternoon.