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SAPD reports death of wounded officer
Officer Robert Deckard was a seven-year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department. He passed away Dec. 20 from injuries sustained Dec. 8 while pursuing fleeing suspects.
Wilson County NewsDecember 26, 2013 2,392 views 3 comments
The San Antonio Police Department (SAPD), via its Facebook page, reported Dec. 20 that Officer Robert Deckard has passed away. Deckard, a seven-year department veteran, suffered a gunshot wound to the head Dec. 8 during a pursuit with two robbery suspects.
Those suspects -- 32-year-old Shaun Ruiz Puente and 28-year-old Jenevieve Ramos, both of San Antonio -- remain in custody on charges filed in Wilson County. Each is being held on one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant for their alleged roles in a Dec. 8 shootout with Patrolman Roberto “R.J.” Sanchez Jr. of the Poth Police Department.
Sanchez received recognition from the Poth City Council at its Dec. 16 meeting, during which Poth Police Chief Lowell Hull praised the officer’s actions during the ordeal. Hull said a dashcam video that captured Sanchez’s encounter with the two suspects will be used for departmental training and will be made available to news media once it is released by the Texas Rangers.
“When you see the video, when it’s released, the guy came out to intentionally kill R.J.,” Hull said. “The girl intentionally tried to maim R.J.”
An affidavit for search warrant filed by Chief Deputy Johnie Deagen of the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office indicates that during the shootout, some of the rounds fired by Puente and Ramos pierced the windshield, headrest, emergency lights, and other areas on the patrol car’s driver side.
Sanchez had been on the lookout for the couple’s primer black 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer, after hearing an emergency radio broadcast in the moments after Deckard was shot in Atascosa County during the chase that began in San Antonio. The officer spotted the vehicle near the intersection of F.M. 541 and U.S. 181 in Poth. According to law-enforcement documents, the couple proceeded north on U.S. 181 until pulling over near the intersection of C.R. 224. During her interview, Ramos stated that she was driving and that the vehicle had run out of gas.
The affidavit indicates that Puente, who was seated in the front passenger seat, exited the vehicle and began shooting at Sanchez. The officer took cover and returned fire, as Ramos exited the vehicle and began firing at Sanchez. The duo fled and were captured at approximately 8:08 a.m.
Hull said that Puente was injured during the shootout when one of the rounds Sanchez fired grazed his head. He was treated and released by the Connally Memorial Medical Center.
Ramos is being housed in the Wilson County Jail, while Puente is being held in the Atascosa County Jail. There, Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward said Dec. 19 that Puente has been slapped with an additional charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a public servant in connection with an incident that happened within his first three days as an inmate in the Atascosa County Jail. Soward said Puente allegedly attempted to stab a corrections officer with a homemade shank fashioned from a toothbrush handle.
Officials from the 81st Judicial District Attorney’s Office confirmed Dec. 20 that capital murder charges in connection with Deckard’s death would be filed that day against Puente and Ramos. If convicted, they could be sentenced to death.
According to the SAPD, funeral arrangements for Deckard were pending.
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