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Hays County Sheriff’s Office Indicates Correction Officer Indicted for Joshua Wright Shooting
The Hays County Sheriff’s Office released information from its Facebook page:
Hays County Grand Jury Indicts HCSO Corrections Officer
For Immediate Release: Hays County Grand Jury Indicts HCSO Corrections Officer
April 7, 2023, 8:00 A.M.
Pursuant to the Hays County Sheriff’s Office policies and practices, and in response to the indictment related to the shooting of Joshua Wright, the officer involved is no longer employed with the Hays County Sheriff’s Office. While the Hays County Sheriff’s Office strongly supports our deputies and corrections officers and the duties, many of which put their safety at risk, that they must carry out on a daily basis, we also respect and honor the criminal justice process, including yesterday’s decision by the Grand Jury to move forward with charges in this case.
The Hays County Sheriff’s Office again offers its deepest sympathies to the Wright family.
It is our sincere hope that all of the citizens of Hays County can come together to foster peace in our community and our country.
For further media-related questions contact the Hays County District’s Attorney’s Office.Received from Hays County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page.
Isaiah Garcia, 27, is anticipated to face a third degree felony for deadly conduct. The penalty for the offense is two to ten years and a fine up to $10,000.
The Texas Penal Code for Deadly Conduct is as follows:
Sec. 22.05. DEADLY CONDUCT.
(a) A person commits an offense if he recklessly engages in conduct that places another in imminent danger of serious bodily injury.
(b) A person commits an offense if he knowingly discharges a firearm at or in the direction of: (1) one or more individuals; or. (2) a habitation, building, or vehicle and is reckless as to whether the habitation, building, or vehicle is occupied.
(c) Recklessness and danger are presumed if the actor knowingly pointed a firearm at or in the direction of another whether or not the actor believed the firearm to be loaded.
(d) For purposes of this section, “building,” “habitation,” and “vehicle” have the meanings assigned those terms by Section 30.01.
(e) An offense under Subsection (a) is a Class A misdemeanor. An offense under Subsection (b) is a felony of the third degree.
He was released on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond from Comal County.
Garcia worked as a correction officer with the department since 2018.
Hays County Criminal District Attorney Kelly Higgins stated the following through press release:
The Texas Rangers conducted the investigation into the shooting. The results of that investigation, including the video captured by Garcia’s body-worn camera, were presented to the grand Jury.
Deadly Conduct as charged in this indictment is a third-degree felony with a possible punishment of two to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The Hays County Criminal District Attorney’s Office will prosecute the case.
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