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SUV riddled with bullets from downtown shooting
A Cotulla man is facing two felony charges after he struck a police officer and shot a firearm at a man in late October, Pearsall police say.
According to a report on the case, emergency dispatchers received several calls from local residents at around 8 p.m. Sunday, October 29, regarding gunshots being fired near the intersection of Frio and Pine streets in Pearsall.
Police have reported that concerned citizens flooded the lines with calls about a man, later identified as 29-year-old Rogelio Jose DeLaFuente, brandishing a firearm at the intersection.
While responding officers were attempting to restrain DeLaFuente, the man struck an officer in the face, according to the report. The suspect was subsequently tased and placed in the back of a patrol unit.
Investigators have stated DeLaFuente alleged he fired warning shots into the air after his girlfriends’ ex-boyfriend struck his pickup truck. DeLaFuente and his girlfriend reportedly told investigating officers that the woman’s ex-boyfriend was irate and had followed them from Dilley before striking the pickup truck with his sport utility vehicle.
Officers found seven spent shell casings on the ground and discovered the firearm on the hood of the truck.
The ex-boyfriend was found at a residence on Rio Grande Street.
Officers discovered that the SUV had several gunshot entry marks on the passenger side of the vehicle, two shattered windows and a dented fender.
DeLaFuente was remanded into custody on a second-degree felony charge for striking a peace officer and a third-degree felony charge for deadly conduct.