Snyder police officer who shot, killed suspect identified

    (Nick Bradshaw/KTXS)

    Snyder police have released the name of the officer who shot and killed a suspect.

    Officer Whitney Merket, 32, responded to the 3600 block of Jacksboro Ave. about 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

    Chief Brian Haggard said Merket "made contact with the suspect and an altercation began."

    As KTXS first reported last night, Merket fired her weapon, killing the suspect.

    Merket -- a 7-year-veteran of the Snyder Police Department -- has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which is standard procedure.

    The suspect -- whose name has not been released -- was taken to Lubbock for an autopsy.

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