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December 8th, 2007
Grand jury does not indict officer in fatal shooting

From the city of San Marcos

A Hays County Grand Jury declined this week to indict a San Marcos police officer who fatally shot a stabbing suspect in a police pursuit in September.

The Grand Jury met this week and reviewed the evidence in the investigation following the September 14, 2007 shooting death of Timothy Logan Taylor, age 36, by San Marcos Police Officer Tommy Villanueva at Kelsea Chase Apartments on Linda Drive.

An eight-year veteran of the San Marcos Police Department, Villanueva has been assigned to administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation and Grand Jury review. He returned to regular duty on Thursday.

District Attorney Sherri Tibbe notified Police Chief Howard Williams Thursday that the Grand Jury reviewed the facts and evidence and voted to return no bill of indictment, clearing Villanueva of any possible criminal charges.

The incident began around 3:30 p.m. September 14 when the Hays County Sheriff’s department was advised of a stabbing at The Silo, an antique store at 7900 Ranch Road 12 between San Marcos and Wimberley.

The suspect fled toward San Marcos and sheriff’s deputies contacted San Marcos Police to be on the look out for the man.

The suspect’s vehicle was seen by law enforcement officers at approximately 4:15 p.m. in the vicinity of Wonder World Drive and I-35.

The man fled north on I-35 and exited at State Highway 80 with police in pursuit. Officers lost sight of the vehicle in the area of Highway 80 and I-35. A witness called in and reported that he saw the suspect in the 500 block of Linda Drive.

Police and sheriff’s deputies responded to the area and began a search for the suspect. Police located his vehicle, a black 2007 Toyota SUV, at the Kelsea Place Apartments.

Officer Villanueva, a plain-clothed officer in an unmarked car, set surveillance on the suspect’s vehicle while other officers searched for the suspect. Hays County deputies saw him around one of the buildings. The suspect fled from the deputies back toward his truck.

Officer Villanueva approached Taylor as he jumped into his truck. The suspect told the officer he had a gun and reached toward the floorboard. Villanueva fired six shots, striking Taylor in the chest. An unloaded handgun was found in Taylor’s truck.

Officers performed CPR until paramedics arrived. The suspect was transported to Central Texas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 4:58 p.m.

The incident was investigated by the Texas Rangers as well as an internal investigation by the San Marcos Police Department in which Villanueva was cleared of any wrongdoing.

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