Couple accused of shooting Caldwell Co. deputy to plead self defense, lawyer says

A Caldwell County deputy was shot in Dale, Texas, Feb. 2, 2018 (KXAN Photo/Chris Davis)
A Caldwell County deputy was shot in Dale, Texas, Feb. 2, 2018 (KXAN Photo/Chris Davis)

DALE, Texas (KXAN) – A couple accused of shooting a Caldwell County Sheriff’s Deputy Friday morning north of Dale, Texas, is expected to plead not guilty because of self-defense, according to Criminal Defense Lawyer Richard Banks.

Banks said he is representing Edwardo Padilla, 33, and Kimberly Moore, 54, in the case. Padilla and Moore face felony charges of aggravated assault on a public servant and deadly conduct with a firearm, Banks said.

Banks said the deputy came up to their door with no lights on his car and with a flashlight pointed at them. The couple claimed they were afraid that squatters who lived across the street were on their property. Padilla and Moore told Banks those squatters had previously threatened them.

When they opened fire, they thought they were shooting at the squatters — not the deputy.

The deputy hasn’t been identified and at last check, he was in stable condition after surgery.

The Texas Rangers are also investigating this case. KXAN has reached out to the Texas Rangers and the Caldwell County Sheriff’s to ask for any updates. 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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