Man 51, shot by deputies had a history of violence records show
by Lindsey Shaffer
Jan 17, 2014 | 522 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The investigation continues into the fatal shooting of a 51-year-old Beeville man last Saturday by a deputy as details about the man’s prior convictions come to light.

DPS Cpl. Charlie Ramirez said that no new information about the incident is being released at this time, as the investigation is ongoing.

The investigation is being led by Texas Ranger James Bennett, who deferred all questions to Ramirez.

The man, identified as Jerry DeLaGarza, was shot and killed by Bee County deputies after a car chase on Saturday afternoon.

According to reports, DeLaGarza was being pursued after he assaulted his wife with a knife in Bee County earlier that day.

According to public court records, DeLaGarza had a history of domestic violence, criminal activity and drug use.

He was convicted of robbery in 2003 in Nueces County and a felony offense of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Bee County in 2011.

His wife, Nina, reported a domestic violence incident in November 2010, and DeLaGarza was charged with “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury... and impeding the normal breathing or circulation of the blood by applying pressure to the victim’s throat or neck.”

According to Nina’s account, he had been doing crack cocaine and drinking “every day,” and he was not taking the medication prescribed to him for his bipolar disorder.

“He is a very dangerous individual and will cause harm to himself and others because of his drugs and alcohol,” Nina wrote.

Her husband was absent at the date of his pre-trial and was given a four-year sentence for bail jumping, which he began serving in June 2011.

Nina declined an interview. “I don’t want to comment at this time; he is at peace now, and I want to leave it like that.”

As a result of the shooting, several local deputies are on administrative leave—which is standard procedure in cases such as this.

According to reports, officers had been looking for DeLaGarza since earlier that day after the domestic dispute was reported.

He was shot after he reportedly ran his vehicle into a deputy’s car near the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 and FM Road 351 west of the city.

Deputy Lt. Ronnie Jones, with the Bee County Sheriff’s Office, reported that deputies fired numerous shots at the suspect as he sat in his vehicle. Jones did not say if officers found a weapon in the vehicle.

Lindsey Shaffer is the regional editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 119, or at
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