A 29-year-old man was taken into custody in Texas on June 16 after he allegedly opened fire on police officers with a semi-automatic rifle. It was later revealed that the man is an active duty member of the U.S. Army. His bonds have been set at $125,000 and he is being held at the El Paso County Detention Facility. He has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon and assaulting a public servant. Police have yet to determine a motive for the incident.
The events took place when officers from the El Paso Police Department were dispatched to a residence on Comet Drive near Hondo Pass Drive at approximately 1:10 a.m. They were sent because a woman had made a 911 call from the home and then hung up. When they approached the front door, officers say that they were greeted with a barrage of gunfire. The man allegedly fired at the officers through the front door before moving to a more advantageous firing position.
One of the officers suffered gunshot wounds to his left ankle and the left side of his face. Media reports indicate that he is recovering after undergoing surgery. The officers convinced the man to surrender after taking cover behind their vehicle. He was then taken into custody without further incident. The officers say that they did not return fire because they did not have a clear target.
Domestic disputes often turn violent when emotions run high, which can lead to serious charges and severe penalties. Criminal defense attorneys with experience in domestic assault cases may argue that a more lenient approach is warranted by mentioning mitigating factors such as the defendant’s prior record of good behavior, a genuine regret and remorse over the incident and a willingness to accept responsibility for their actions.
Source: The El Paso Times, “New details: Fort Bliss soldier accused of shooting El Paso police officer during 911 call”, Daniel Borunda, June 16, 2020