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Questions surround fatal shooting of Bastrop woman

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Questions still remain about whether a Bastrop woman was armed when a sheriff's deputy shot her to death Sunday.

The owner of a home on Zimmerman Avenue didn't want to go on camera but he did say 48-year-old Yvette Smith did not live there and was not armed during the incident.

According to the first media release by the Bastrop County Sheriff's Office, they received a call just after midnight Sunday in regards to disturbance involving two men fighting and later got word that a gun was involved.

Authorities say when they arrived the men disregarded commands and then Smith came to the door displaying a firearm. She was shot by Deputy Daniel Willis after also disobeying commands.

But in a second media release by the Sheriff's Office they say they cannot confirm if Smith was armed with any type of weapon or disregarded officers. That is why residents say they are worried.

"If I come out with a gun that doesn't give him the right to shoot me. He needs to give me some type of warning...throw it away or something," said Julio Cesar Chavez, a neighbor.

"The owner there said there are no weapons there and I believe him because they are not that type of people. There mainly calm...I mean the whole neighborhood is calm. This is the first time this has ever happened," said Joe Martinez, a neighbor.

Residents say they heard screaming and then when officers arrived they heard gunshots.

The deputy involved has been put under administrative leave and the Texas Rangers will be assisting the investigation.

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