San Marcos Mercury | Local News from San Marcos and Hays County, Texas

June 10th, 2009
Two charged in downtown shooting

Cyrus Jonathan Romero, left, and Frank James, Henggeler, right.

STAFF REPORT

San Marcos Police have arrested and charged two local men with deadly conduct after gunshots were reported on the 200 block of West San Antonio Street just off the downtown square early Sunday morning.

Police charged Cyrus Jonathan Romero, 21, and Frank James Henggeler Jr, 21, both from San Marcos, with deadly conduct (a third degree felony), possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (a second degree felony), and possession of marijuana under two ounces (a Class B Misdemeanor).

Henggeler was also charged with evading arrest in a motor vehicle, a State Jail Felony. Romero is being held in the Hays County Law Enforcement Center under $42,000 bond and Henggeler is being held under $47,000 bond.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

Police officers patrolling in the downtown area at approximately 12:45 a.m. Sunday heard numerous gunshots coming from the area. Witnesses reported that occupants of a red SUV had been seen firing a shotgun into the Gold Crown Billiards Bar located at 205 West San Antonio Street.

Responding officers observed the vehicle in the area and began a short pursuit. The vehicle eluded officers, but was located soon near Sessom Drive and Peques Street.

The two occupants of the vehicle were arrested after they were found to be in possession of controlled substances.

During the subsequent investigation, officers were flagged down on Comanche Street, where citizens had located a shotgun that had been thrown from the SUV during the chase.

Officers determined that two shotgun rounds had been fired at the Gold Crown Billiards Bar, with one round entering the front window of the bar before lodging in a back wall. No injuries were reported in the bar.

Police believe the incident stemmed from an earlier altercation in the bar between the men police have in custody and unknown bar patrons.  Police are seeking information about the earlier altercation and the identities of the other parties involved.

“We are relieved no one was injured in the bar,” said San Marcos Police Department (SMPD) Commander Terry Nichols.  “This serious crime is, fortunately, very uncommon in our community.”

SMPD asks anyone with information to call its Criminal Investigation Division at (512) 753-2300.

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