Suspects Arrested after Gunfight with Fort Hood Soldiers
New Braunfels, Texas – Seven Fort Hood Soldiers witnessed an altercation between a man and a woman early on Monday morning at Prince Solms Park. They intervened and thought the incident was over. It was not. The woman pulled out a 9mm gun from underneath the seat of the car, handed it to her boyfriend, who began shooting at the soldiers.
Police responded to the reports of gun fire at the location.
They thought the incident was over and that they had de-escalated the domestic dispute. But they were wrong. When the shooting started, one of the soldiers retrieved his personal weapon from his vehicle and fired back at the suspect.
Police said that the soldiers witnessed a disturbance between a man and his girlfriend and intervened.
After deescalating the situation, the soldiers began to return to their vehicles and that’s when, police said, the woman ran to her boyfriend’s vehicle, grabbed a handgun, and handed it to the boyfriend who began shooting the weapon at the soldiers.
The soldiers scattered and one was able to retrieve his handgun from his vehicle, providing cover fire so the other soldiers could take cover.
The suspect shot a total of 19 rounds, striking two vehicles. The soldier firing his weapon shot a total of 7 rounds and hit the suspect in the elbow.
New Braunfels Police issued a press release with the identities of the two suspects:
Update: Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
The identities of the two people arrested following the shots fired call at Prince Solms Park on 7/4/16 at approximately 1:30am have been released. 24-year old Jesus Ricardo Gallegos of San Antonio and 26-year old Sarah Ann Garzes of San Antonio were each charged with one count of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, which is a 2nd Degree Felony punishable, if convicted, by 2 to 20 years in prison (TPC 22.02). Additional charges against Gallegos and Garzes may be forthcoming. No charges are expected to be filed against the 7 Ft. Hood soldiers involved in this incident.
As of this release, both Gallegos and Garzes remain in custody at the Comal County Jail with bonds still pending.