Odessa shooter has Williamson County ties

(KXAN Photo)
(KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The man accused of shooting two police officers in the West Texas city of Odessa has ties to Central Texas.

Roy Garza was arrested in Williamson County back in October, charged with aggravated robbery. He was released on bond six days later.

Later in the month, he was charged with “bail jumping” and “failure to appear.”

Wednesday, authorities in Odessa were searching for Garza for violating his parole.

When they approached a home, police say he opened fire, hitting one officer in the arm and the other in the chest and upper leg. Then they say Garza went back into the home, occasionally exchanging gunfire with police during a SWAT standoff lasting more than eight hours, before he surrendered.

The two officers shot are listed in fair condition.

Garza now faces eight counts of attempted capital murder of a peace officer. If convicted, each of those new charges could carry five to 99 years in prison.

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