DPS Sergeant Justin Baker confirmed Thursday afternoon that a man involved in an armed standoff with law enforcement officers was shot and killed Thursday morning on a ranch in eastern Schleicher County.

The man, identified on social media as Donny Leek, exchanged gunfire with officers following a standoff that began early Wednesday evening.

“Yesterday (Wednesday), at approximately 7:30 p.m. (CST), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was called by Schleicher County Sheriff’s Office to assist with an armed male subject who had barricaded himself inside his residence after an altercation between family members,” Sergent Baker said in a statement issued to the press.

“After a lengthy standoff, the male subject exited the residence, and a gunfire exchange occurred between the subject and law enforcement officers. The subject died as a result of his injuries. The Texas Rangers are investigating this incident. As this is an active investigation, no further information is available at this time,” Baker said.

The incident began Wednesday evening when Chief Deputy Jason Chatham responded to a 911 call about an active shooter at a remote ranch in eastern Schleicher County. The caller said that he and his wife were hiding in a pasture after their son had fired shots at them.

Chatham called for backup, as well as assistance from Menard County. Several units from both Sheriff’s offices responded to the call, along with DPS troopers and Texas game wardens.

Meanwhile, two deputies from Sutton County were on patrol in Eldorado as Schleicher County officers were involved in the standoff.

Donny Leek, whose full name is believed to be Weldon Reed Leek, is said tho have been 47 years old. He had with him a cache of weapons and ammunition that he displayed on social media during a long video rant on during the standoff.

During Leek’s outburst, he blamed his problems on a number of culprits, including the government, law enforcement officers, the coronavirus, the high cost of beef, and people in Menard County with whom he had heated exchanges on social media.

The ranch was located north of US 190 near the Schleicher/Menard County line. The property is reached by traveling north on FM 2873 (Treadwell Lane) and then turning left, and crossing into Schleicher County on Norman Road.

Upon arriving at the ranch, law enforcement officers located the man’s parents and took them to safety, before setting up a perimeter around a mobile home on the property.

Ambulances from Schleicher and Menard counties staged near the home, in case they were needed.

By Thursday morning, a Texas Ranger was on scene, and an armored tactical vehicle had been called from Austin along with the DPS SWAT Team. And, at some point in the standoff, an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone, was launched over the scene to provide the officers with an eye in the sky.

At 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 14th, there had been no injuries reported, although there had been a report that the subject had fired his weapon at what was believed to be an abandoned vehicle.

At about 10:57 a.m., and shortly after the exchange of gunfire, an officer could be heard over the radio as he called to cancel a call for a paramedic.

It was learned that Leek had been shot and died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

Schleicher County Chief Deputy Jason Chatham, who had been among the first to reach the scene, remained there throughout the day on Thursday as investigators collected evidence and processed the scene.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.