HAYS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — After a manhunt that lasted several hours, Hays County deputies arrested a suspect accused of shooting and killing a man in a rural neighborhood on Todo Lane Wednesday night near Driftwood.
The Hays County Sheriff’s Office captured 27-year-old Louis Antonio Ramos Jr., for the murder of Johnny Lee Saxon, 48, on Thursday afternoon around 2:45pm. Ramos was arrested in the 2000 block of Mt. Sharp Road in Wimberley, the same road where he has a listed address.
Authorities launched a search in that area after a concerned citizen called 911 to report a suspicious person matching Ramos’ description. Police used a helicopter and a K-9 unit to locate him. He was found with a gunshot wound to the leg.
Deputies first responded to a call at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday about an assault in progress on the 100 block of Todo Lane in Driftwood. When they arrived, they found Saxon with a gunshot wound. Emergency workers performed CPR on the man, but he did not survive.
According to court documents, Ramos’ wife called 911 and said she had seen her husband with a gun as he walked inside the home. Prior to getting into an altercation with Saxon, a warrant said Ramos himself had already suffered a gunshot wound to the knee. He was taken to a hospital to be treated upon his arrest.
When Ramos walked back outside, he shot Saxon according to deputies.
The arrest warrant says a shotgun was also found on the ground next to Saxon who was the only other person to be seen with a gun.
During their investigation, authorities found Ramos left the scene in a brown colored van. They later found the van hidden in a wooded area just a few blocks away from the crime scene. The vehicle was taken in to be processed as evidence.
Family and friends told KXAN there were children in the home at the time of the shooting, but they were not hurt.
Patricia Blair, a neighbor and friend of Saxon said he was allowing Ramos to live at one of the trailers on his property.
“Louis said he was going to fix it up,” said Blair. “He and Johnny made a deal to fix up the mobile home and he could stay in it.”
According to authorities, Ramos has an extensive criminal history. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment and will later be booked into the Hays County Jail.
Anyone with information regarding this case should contact the Hays County Sheriff’s Office at 512-393-7896 and ask to speak with the Criminal Investigations Division. You may also anonymously contact Hays County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-324-TIPS (8477).