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Police apprehend wanted gunmen in Poth
Law-enforcement personnel from various area agencies stand guard at the rear of a Wilson County Emergency Medical Services ambulance as Shaun Ruiz Puente is treated for injuries he sustained while he allegedly evaded officers.
Wilson County NewsDecember 11, 2013 2,768 views 3 comments
POTH -- Shaun Ruiz Puente, 32, and 28-year-old Jenevieve Ramos, both of San Antonio, are charged with aggravated assault against a public servant in connection with an incident that ended on U.S. 181 north of here Dec. 8.
A San Antonio Police Department K-9 apprehended the duo just after 8 a.m. in the underbrush between U.S. 181 and C.R. 224, after hiding from an army of law-enforcement personnel for more than five hours, according to Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) spokesman Anthony Flores.
According to officials from the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD), Puente and Ramos are the same suspects who allegedly are responsible for critically injuring SAPD Officer Robert Deckard during a vehicular pursuit on I-37 that ended in Atascosa County. The seven-year department veteran had pursued the pair following an armed robbery of a convenience store on Mathis Road, according to KENS 5 TV.
Flores said as Deckard pursued the suspects, he came under fire from them at least three separate times. When they reached I-37 near Coughran Road, Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward said Deckard was shot in the head and subsequently wrecked his patrol car. Three SAPD officers who were involved in the pursuit stopped to assist Deckard, who had to be extricated from his vehicle before being transported to the San Antonio Military Medical Center.
An alert was broadcast for all area law-enforcement personnel to be on the lookout for the suspects’ primer black Mitsubishi Lancer. One of those to hear the broadcast was Patrolman Roberto “R.J.” Sanchez Jr. of the Poth Police Department, who Flores said had ended his shift moments earlier. Sanchez intercepted the Mitsubishi near the intersection of F.M. 541 and U.S. 181 in Poth. Sanchez -- a four-year veteran of the department -- then followed the vehicle north on U.S. 181 toward Floresville.
At approximately 2:45 a.m., Puente and Ramos reportedly pulled over to the outside shoulder of U.S. 181 near C.R. 224, as did Sanchez. There, Flores said, Ramos allegedly exited the vehicle and began to open fire at Sanchez. The officer took cover behind his vehicle and returned fire, as Puente also began shooting at him. The suspects then fled into a pasture on the southbound side of the highway as Sanchez called for backup. He was not injured.
Soward said he sent five Atascosa deputies to Poth, where they joined personnel from DPS including several Texas Rangers, Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, the San Antonio Police Department, the Floresville Police Department, and the Poth Police Department.
Puente, who suffered lacerations to his scalp and face, was transported by the Wilson County Emergency Medical Services to Connally Memorial Medical Center in Floresville. He was treated and released before officials transported him to the Wilson County Jail in Floresville.
Investigators from the San Antonio Police Department and the Texas Rangers remained at the scene well into the afternoon Dec. 8, where they collected evidence. Northbound traffic U.S. 181 was closed between F.M. 427 and C.R. 224. Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. said that the Mitsubishi and Sanchez’s patrol car were towed to the Wilson County Criminal Justice Center, where they underwent further scrutiny by Texas Rangers.
Chief Lowell Hull of the Poth Police Department said Sanchez has been placed on administrative leave and will receive counseling, consistent with departmental procedure.
According to a Dec. 9 Facebook post from the San Antonio Police Department, Deckard was continuing to fight for his life in the San Antonio Military Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit.
Also on Dec. 9, Puente and Ramos appeared before Wilson County Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Jim Burdette for their magistrate hearing. Each was assessed $250,000 bond. Ramos remained in the Wilson County Jail as of press time, while Puente was being held in the Atascosa County Jail in Jourdanton. Soward said the two face additional charges in Atascosa County in connection with shooting Deckard.
Charges also are pending in San Antonio. KENS 5 reported that Chief William McManus of the San Antonio Police Department said Puente and Ramos are believed to be responsible for a string of 15 robberies that occurred over the weekend.
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