NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) — Police in New Braunfels say two people were arrested Fourth of July morning after a shootout with seven Fort Hood soldiers at a park near the Comal River.
Investigators say it started around 1:30 a.m. Monday when the soldiers intervened in a fight between a couple at Prince Solms Park in the 100 block of Liebscher Drive.
The soldiers thought the situation was over and started walking back to their cars when the woman grabbed a gun from her car and gave it to her boyfriend, who started firing shots at the soldiers.
One of the soldiers grabbed a gun from his car and started firing shots back. In total, 26 rounds were fired between the suspect and the soldiers.
The suspect was hit in the elbow, his girlfriend wasn’t hurt and none of the soldiers were hit. Police say the suspect, his girlfriend and the soldiers initially fled the scene. However once police arrived in the park, the soldiers returned and told officers what happened.
Officers found the suspect’s vehicle at the Pilot gas station in the 3200 block of Loop 337.
The suspects have been identified as 24-year-old Jesus Gallegos from San Antonio and 26-year-old Sarah Garzes also from San Antonio. Both are charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and may face additional charges as the investigation continues.
Police say the soldiers ranging in ages between 19 to 25 are cooperating in their investigation and are not expected to be charged.