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2013-03-21 / General Stories

Officer Shoots One During Family Disturbance

On Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 4:13 p.m., the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a female resident at 121 Stony Mont Drive in Del Valle, reporting a family disturbance and that the suspect had a firearm.

Bastrop County Deputy Sheriffs were dispatched at the same time and arrived on scene at 4:28 p.m. Upon arrival, deputy sheriffs were confronted by a Hispanic male, later identified as Jose Manuel Cantu (10/15/1934). Mr. Cantu was observed to be in possession of a firearm. The arriving deputy sheriffs made multiple commands to Mr. Cantu to drop the weapon, which he disregarded. Mr. Cantu raised the weapon and pointed it toward deputy sheriffs. Fearing for their safety, deputy sheriffs discharged their weapons striking Mr. Cantu. The female caller was later identified as the daughter of Mr. Cantu.

Emergency first aid was immediately initiated by deputy sheriffs and continued until the arrival of emergency medical personnel. As of March 14, 2013, Mr. Cantu is still hospitalized and is in critical condition.

The responding officers were: Deputy Mark Garcia, age 30. He has been with the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office since December 1, 2005 and transferred to the law enforcement division in 2011. The second officer on scene was Investigator Stephen Broderick, age 32. He has been employed with the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office since March 16, 2008. Both deputies are currently on administrative leave, according to agency policy which is standard in these types of incidents.

The incident is currently being investigated by the Texas Rangers.

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