Sunday, July 10, 2016

Fort Hood Soldiers Shot At July 4th

Good Samaritan act turns deadly for soldiers
Killeen Daily Herald
By David A. Bryant
Herald staff writer
July 9, 2016

NEW BRAUNFELS — Affidavits on two suspects arrested after a shootout with seven Fort Hood soldiers July 4 show that an act of Good Samaritanship on the part of the soldiers ended with acts of violence against the “Army guys.”

Jesus Ricardo Gallegos
The arrest affidavits for 24-year-old Jesus Ricardo Gallegos and 26-year-old Sarah Ann Garzes, both of San Antonio, state the two are charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The suspects were apparently in a heated argument fueled by alcohol, which attracted the notice of the soldiers.

According to the report by the New Braunfels Police Department, one of the soldiers involved stated he and his friends had arrived at Prince Solms Park with the intention of sleeping in their trucks overnight and spending the Independence Day holiday by cooking food and floating the river. After hearing the disturbance, the soldier followed his friends to provide assistance, but began returning to their vehicles when they found the female involved was not in need of help and was actually the aggressor.
The soldier said he heard the sound of a semi-automatic pistol being charged, turned around and saw a man holding a gun to his head. He ducked, heard a gunshot then quickly ran back to his truck to the sound of more shots being fired and the sound of one of his friends returning fire.

Another soldier interviewed by police said he saw the male suspect come up behind his fellow soldier, point a gun at his head and pull the trigger. He saw his friend duck in time to avoid being shot in the head and described the pistol as black with an extended magazine clip.
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