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April 6th, 2010
Sheriff’s office charges man with aggravated assault

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Jimmy Hallford.

STAFF REPORT

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Green Pastures resident with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after bringing in the Hays County Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT team) to resolve a standoff on Cresthill Causeway early Tuesday morning.

Jimmy Hallford, 45, is being held at Hays County Jail on $40,000 bond, $20,000 for each charge.

At about 10 p.m. Monday, the HCSO received a call of an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the 500 block of Cresthill Causeway, which is located in the Green Pastures subdivision just east of Kyle.

Responding deputies learned that two victims had just left the home of a friend when the suspect exited his residence, yelled at the victims and then fired a weapon in their direction. Neither victim was injured.

Deputies made contact with the suspect with the public address system on their patrol units. The suspect stood on his front porch, but refused to come out and talk to deputies. At one point, the suspect re-entered his residence and exited with a shotgun. The gun was never pointed in the direction of law enforcement. The suspect eventually went back into his residence and refused to come back outside.

As a matter of HCSO policy, deputies called for assistance from the Hays County SWAT team and the Hays County Crisis Negotiations Team. A standoff continued while the negotiations team attempted to communicate with the suspect. At approximately 4 a.m. Tuesday, SWAT deployed tear gas and the suspect surrendered. The weapon used in this assault was recovered from inside the residence.

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