Two officers are recovered from a shooting Friday in Carter County.

A suspect in the shooting of two law enforcement officers, including a Houston native, walked from a home and surrendered to officers at about 5 p.m. Friday.

Officers from this area were among those mobilized to Carter County, where a deputy who is a Houston native and a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer were shot Friday morning.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said late Saturday morning that James D. Cummings, 31, of Van Buren, is charged with four counts of first-degree assault and four counts of armed criminal action. He is held without bond.

Brigg Pierson, the deputy, grew up in Houston and is hospitalized in St. Louis.

Both victims were airlifted from the scene. The patrol officer was treated and released at a Poplar Bluff hospital.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the incident occurred at 9:51 a.m. as a male suspect began firing from inside the residence.

Pierson, who was flown to a St. Louis area hospital, is a 2007 graduate of Houston High School, where his mother, Sandy Cremer, is a long-time faculty member. He was active in many organizations while attending school, including the student council and several academic clubs. He was employed in school at the Houston Herald, where he did photography work and helped in the mailing department.

The shooting occurred as officers were serving an eviction notice on Highway M near Van Buren.

Pierson previously worked at Roberts Wood Products at Mountain View. He also is a reserve officer with the Mountain View Police Department and a firefighter there.

The news spread quickly locally as local churches offered prayers for Pierson and his family on social media and in email blasts. The story was featured on nightly national newscasts Friday.

Federal agencies, including the FBI and ATF, the state patrol and area officers were among those who assisted at the scene.

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