Sheriff's office: San Augustine Co. man fires rifle during argument

Sheriff's office: San Augustine Co. man fires rifle during argument

SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A 42-year-old San Augustine County man found himself behind bars after he allegedly fired a .22-caliber rifle during an argument with his estranged wife Wednesday afternoon.

Richard Nix is still being held in the San Augustine County Jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. No bond has been set at this time.

"Our deputies felt like they had sufficient probably cause to take Mr. Nix into custody," Gary Cunningham, the chief deputy of the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office. "He had recently been served with divorce papers."

Cunningham said that SACSO deputies responded to a disturbance call at a house located near FM 3250 in western San Augustine County. He said, based on what the complainant told the deputies, she and Nix, her estranged husband, got into a heated argument. During the altercation, Nix allegedly brandished a rifle and fired it.

"During the argument, he discharged a rifle, but not necessarily in the woman's direction," Cunningham said. "Then he fled the scene."

SACSO deputies apprehended Nix a short time later. He allegedly had a .22-caliber rifle with him when he was arrested.

Cunningham said the offense will be classified as family violence. He added that, according to the arrest report, Nix allegedly threatened to harm his estranged wife at some point during the argument.

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