Fired worker had previously threatened boss, report shows

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man who showed up at a West Campus construction site demanding money before shooting his boss is facing aggravated assault charges, according to an arrest affidavit.

Jesus Delarca-Reyes, 20, was hired as a construction worker about three weeks ago but was fired a week later, the document said.

Court documents say Delarca-Reyes returned to work site at 1901 Rio Grande Street on April 21 demanding that he was owed more money and an argument ensued between Delarca-Reyes and a site supervisor. The lead superintendent on the job, Ronald Palmer, then stepped in to break up the argument and asked Delarca-Reyes to leave. When he refused, Palmer called 911.

“(I’ll) find you and cut you, man,” Delarca-Reyes stated, according to the warrant. He left before officers arrived and a report police report was filed.

When Delarca-Reyes showed up to the job site on Wednesday he again demanded money before pulling out a gun and shooting Palmer in the leg, according to the warrant. Police say Delarca-Reyes then went to shoot Palmer in the face but the gun jammed.

Palmer, a licensed concealed handgun owner, then pulled out his own gun and shot Delarca-Reyes in the abdomen.

Delarca-Reyes then pulled a knife from his pocket and swung it wildly as Palmer tried to hold him down until police arrived, the warrant said. Witnesses were able to take the knife away and detain Delarca-Reyes unitl police arrived.

Bond for Delarca-Reyes, who is still in the hospital, was set at $50,000.

Palmer was treated and released from University Medical Center Brackenridge. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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