Wimberley shooter had lengthy criminal past

Mugshots of Rocky West through the years. (Hays County Jail)
Mugshots of Rocky West through the years. (Hays County Jail)

WIMBERLEY, Texas (KXAN) – The man responsible for shooting and injuring a Hays County deputy Friday morning had a long criminal history in the county.

According to public records, Rocky West, 26, had been in and out of the Hays County Jail since 2008. Many of the charges involve drugs or alcohol, but also include a felony theft charge in 2016 and an assault earlier this year.

According to court documents West got into a fist fight with his cousin in January. West’s cousin told law enforcement he tried to talk with West but he became angry and started yelling at him, moments later West took off his steel toe boots and began fighting him. West was arrested and charged with assault.

In April 2016, officers were called to West’s Wimberley home after his sister claimed he was arguing with their mother. Court documents show West’s mother left the home and West began “throwing things around” and was possibly under the influence of narcotics. When deputies found him, he was in a stolen vehicle. West was arrested and charged with theft of property.

Although violent toward family members, deputies say West was never violent toward law enforcement. “We just didn’t have those types of interactions with him,” said Precinct 3 Hays County Constable Ray Helm.

Helm says his deputies dealt with West on two occasions, once regarding an ordinance violation and another regarding criminal trespass.In both cases, Helm says the situation was handled easily and neither was an indication of what was to come. But because of his lengthy criminal history, Helm says there is no question why the sheriff’s department sent multiple deputies Friday morning.

“Dispatch lets us know to use caution, we’re always rolling in pairs,” said Helm. “If we hear there is a sheriff deputy out there, then we are going to go out there and back them up and they will back us up. We work pretty good hand in hand with that.

Helm says when it comes to future calls, Friday’s shooting is just one more example of how deputies can never let their guard down.

“If we run into any types of people that make threats to law enforcement we are going to pass that on to other agencies as well,” said Helm. “We make sure everyone knows what’s going on.”

West was shot and killed by deputies during the firefight. The injured deputy was released from the hospital on Sunday.

 

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