updated 7:07 AM UTC, Sep 18, 2020

Spurger man dead from gunshot wound

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Wilmer TaylorWilmer TaylorSPURGER – On Sunday, July 21st, 2019, at approximately 3pm, Tyler County Deputies responded to a shooting that occurred off County Road 4375, in the Spurger area. Upon arrival, deputies observed a male subject, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound to his chest. The victim was identified as Jeremy Smith, age 47 of Spurger.

Several witnesses remained on scene and deputies were able to identify the shooter as Wilmer Taylor, age 83 of Spurger. Tyler County investigators learned that Taylor and Smith, who were neighbors, were engaged in an altercation over property issues.

Taylor was taken to the Tyler County Jail, charged with murder. A judge will magistrate and set bond for Taylor later today.

An autopsy will be performed on Smith today in Beaumont.

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