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Suspect in ’11 shootout heads for Aug. 27 trial date




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August 22, 2012 | 1,054 views | 7 comments

Steven Edward Cole, 50, who is charged with five counts of aggravated assault against a public servant for his alleged role in a Jan. 15, 2011, shootout with area law-enforcement personnel, soon will face a trial by a jury of his peers.

Cole was present in Wilson County district court for an Aug. 15 docket call. According to court records, jury selection in his trial is set for Aug. 27.

Five officers -- Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Dale Harrell and deputies Raymond “Jeff” Roser, Toribio “Toby” Garcia, and Travis Beck, and Patrolman Eric Hutchinson of the Floresville Police Department -- responded to Cole’s home near the corner of Lost Spring and Clear Spring drives north of Floresville, after neighbors reported that Cole was firing guns outside his home at 2 a.m. Roser and Garcia, who were among the first to respond, were peppered with shotgun pellets as Cole allegedly fired at them through rain and dense fog.

When a member of the Texas Department of Public Safety SWAT Team entered the home a few hours later, Cole was found lying on the floor. It was believed that he was shot when officers returned fire.

Two other defendants present for docket call Aug. 15 were given new jury selection dates. Set to return to court for a docket call Sept. 5 ahead of a Sept. 24 jury selection date are:

•Ramon Lopez, 26, charged with murder in the June 6, 2011, stabbing death of his roommate, 57-year-old Jose Antonio Hernandez, in their home near Graytown.

•Bobby Schroeder, 28, of Floresville, charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated kidnapping, and burglary of a habitation with intent to commit aggravated robbery in connection with a March 15 incident in Floresville.
 

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TTANBTT  
Floresville, Tx  
August 25, 2012 11:56pm
 
I agree with you Eric. Will Gibbs has pointed out that this man has not been "proven guilty." I also agree that Will Gibbs does/is careful to point out certain things. He has also reported very clearly that the officers ... More ›

 
Eric  
Floresville  
August 25, 2012 11:29pm
 
Excuse me but the title contains the word "Suspect" the Words "trial date" then it reads he is "charged" the phrase " for his alleged role" appears very soon afterwards. This is ... More ›

 
TTANBTT  
Floresville, Tx  
August 25, 2012 10:34pm
 
Tyra; I believe that Mr. Gibbs previously reported that the officers were not injured and refused to be transported to the hospital. See, http://www.wilsoncountynews.com/article.php?id=32897&n=breaking-news-officers-return-fire-at-gunman I ... More ›

 
Tyra  
FloTown  
August 25, 2012 9:47am
 
TTANBTT - I do not have personal experience in this matter. And I was not there, but I do know the two FPD officers that were there. What other part of the story do you want told? He had a gun and shot at officers for no reason ... More ›

 
TTANBTT  
Floresville, Tx  
August 25, 2012 5:07am
 
Tyra~ I guess you speak from personal exprience? Or were you there? After all, a person is innocent until PROVEN guilty. I just find it funny how easy people put their two cents in and are both the Judge and Jury, when ... More ›

 
Tyra  
FloTown  
August 24, 2012 8:53pm
 
Another point of view? Really? These officers risked their lives because of a stupid person wanting shoot at them. I hope they lock him up for the rest of his life! He deserves no less. Just make sure if the Judge is ... More ›

 
TTANBTT  
Floresville, Tx  
August 24, 2012 6:06pm
 
Mr. Gibbs; It would be great to see you present a different point of view other than the Officers. It appears that you are plugging a Police Department. Let's hear a different point of view other than theirs. Remember, ... More ›

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