HOUSTON - A deputy with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office will undergo surgery Wednesday after he was wounded during a shootout that resulted in a lengthy standoff.
Family members of the deputy identified him as James Robert Smejkal III. His nephew, Mike Neteks, told KPRC2 his uncle was on the way to recovery.
"He is in a lot of pain right now but he is in good spirits," said Neteks. "The bullet is still lodged in his hand, but he will have surgery tomorrow."
The deputy is a 28-year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
Two Texas Attorney General agents, Capt. Wes Hensley and Sgt. Mark Rychen, were also shot while they were trying to serve an arrest warrant to 25-year-old Daniel Trevino. Rychen has been released from the hospital. Hensley is still recovering from surgery.
According to an AG spokesperson, Hensley is facing a long road to recovery but he is in good spirits and is laughing and making jokes with his family.
Attorney General Ken Paxton is expected to visit Hensley Wednesday afternoon.
"The warrant that was being served was violation of a protective order," said HCSO Chief Deputy Edison Toquica.
Investigators said Trevino opened fire on the Smejkal and the officers, who returned fire.
"The suspect made the decision to take his life but we did try to negotiate with him for two-and-a-half hours," Toquica said.
Investigators said one AG agent was shot in the face, torso and ankle, while the second agent was struck in the leg.
Harris County and Houston SWAT team made contact with Trevino, who told them he would surrender but fired three times at officers, officials said. Around 6:15 p.m., Trevino was found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
The officer-involved shooting was reported about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at a residence at 5013 Hartwick Road in the Mt. Houston area, authorities said.
"Initially when you get the call, it’s gut-wrenching," Toquica said. "To hear that news, at the time we received the call."
All three of those who were injured in the shooting were taken to Ben Taub Hospital.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a tweet that the injuries did not appear to be life-threatening and that all of the wounded are expected to survive.
"I think what you saw is pretty typical when an officer is injured in the line of duty. How agencies all work together to make sure those injured officers and deputies get to emergency medical care as quickly as possible," said Maj. Mike Lee, with the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said a Harris County sheriff's deputy on a motorcycle, who was assisting with traffic for the departing ambulance, was injured in an accident nearby. Gonzalez said the deputy in the accident was treated and released later Tuesday night.
"It worked seamlessly today. Unfortunately, we had the one accident occur with the motorcycle officer. And fortunately, he’s gonna be fine," Lee said.
Deputies said Trevino was barricaded inside the home. Officials said a second person inside the home was detained and taken in for questioning but is not a suspect in the warrant case.
Officials said Trevino claimed to be wounded, but would not come out of the home or negotiate. Trevino repeatedly told negotiators he was ready to surrender, authorities said. SWAT members tried to force Trevino out with gas, and they sent in a robot.
Around 5 p.m., officials said Trevino fired two to three shots after officers deployed a breaching device. Around 6:15 p.m., Trevino was found dead.
"I suspect they were just at the house together. Only one of them was a suspect in this case. No warrant for the other guy, no. Don’t have info on suspects’ relationship," Toquica said.
Several Aldine Independent School District campuses were placed on lockdown because they were close to the scene, but the district let students go home once it was safe.
Attorney General Ken Paxton released the following statement:
“This afternoon, Captain Wes Hensley and Sergeant Mark Rychen from the Fugitive Apprehension Unit in my office were shot and wounded while serving an arrest warrant on a suspect in Northeast Harris County. A deputy from the Harris County Sheriff’s Department was also shot. These brave and courageous law enforcement officers were fulfilling their call to duty to apprehend a known criminal with a dangerous past. Thankfully, all of the injured law enforcement officers appear to be recovering well this evening. I’m asking all Texans tonight to pray for those recovering, their families, and all the men and women in law enforcement who face unpredictable dangers each day to keep Texans safe.”
Representatives from Paxton's office said Wednesday they visited their wounded colleagues.
"We're grateful that this story ended the way it did ... that the situation with these officers turned out in a way that their recovery is very likely and strong," said AG office spokesman Marc Rylander, who visited Hensley on Wednesday. "His spirits were great. He's surrounded by family. He's surrounded by the wonderful fraternity of his fellow officers and agents, and I'll tell you his path towards healing will be expedited because he has such a great attitude.
What we know about Trevino
Trevino has a criminal record dating back to 2011 on charges of assault, criminal mischief, theft, possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a felon.
He was most recently charged with aggravated assault of a family member in September. According to court documents, Trevino pointed a gun at a woman whom he was dating and threatened to kill her.
The woman said Trevino told her, "I'll kill you and all your children," according to investigators.
Trevino was released on $40,000 bond on Oct. 31 for that charge. He was scheduled to appear in court Thursday.
Sept. 20, 2018: Aggravated assault of family member
May 30, 2015: Possession of firearm by felon
March 27, 2015: Possession of marijuana
April 10, 2014: Theft
Oct. 13, 2012: Assault
Sept. 6, 2011: Assault / Criminal mischief
The Texas Office of the Attorney General released a statement on Tuesday's shooting:
“This afternoon, two of our officers from the Office of Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit were wounded while serving an arrest warrant alongside a deputy from the Harris County Sheriff’s Department. The three wounded officers have been transported to a local hospital and are currently receiving treatment.
"Out of respect for the officers and their families and for those who are still engaged in a very serious situation in Northeast Harris County, we will release no further information at this time. Please pray for these officers, their families, and the courageous members of law enforcement who are involved.”
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