CENTER, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Center Police Department arrested a man on Feb. 9 in connection to allegations that he got into an argument with his girlfriend and shot at her when she tried to drive away with her 3-year-old daughter in the car with her.
One of the bullets struck the woman's car.
Antonio Aguilar is still being held in the Shelby County Jail on a first-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge, two second-degree felony delivery of a controlled substance charges, a state-jail felony delivery of a dangerous drug charge, and a state-jail felony delivery of a simulated controlled substance charge.
Collectively, Aguilar's bail amount has been set at $170,000.
According to the arrest affidavit East Texas News obtained Monday, the incident occurred on Aug. 30, 2016. A Center PD patrol officer that once worked for the Shelby County Sheriff's Office spoke to a CPD detective in January about a case against Aguilar he worked when he was a deputy.
The officer said when he was a SCSO deputy he responded to a 911 call about a shooting incident on Aug. 30, 2016 and made contact with the victim at a hotel in Center. The woman explained she had gotten into an argument with Aguilar, her boyfriend, and as the argument got more heated, Aguilar pulled out a pistol and said he was going to kill her and her 3-year-old daughter before he killed himself.
According to the affidavit, Aguilar then shot at the woman as she was trying to drive away. The Center PD officer told the CPD detective that the 3-year-old girl had been asleep in the back seat of the car when the shooting incident occurred, the affidavit stated.
At the time, the alleged victim told the officer that she didn't want to fill out a statement, which resulted in criminal charges not being pursued against Aguilar, the affidavit stated.
The detective who sought the affidavit wrote in the document that he had been investigating Aguilar for narcotics-related activities for some time. He also said that he had become concerned for the safety of the woman and her 3-year-old daughter because he has heard Aguilar "can be violent and always carries a gun," the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, the Center PD detective reviewed the former deputy's dash cam video of him talking to the victim at the Center hotel. In the video, the woman, who appears to be "very upset," tells the SCSO deputy that after she got into an argument with Aguilar and tried to leave, he pulled out his pistol and threatened to kill the victim and her daughter before he killed himself, the affidavit stated.
The woman told the then-SCSO deputy that was when Aguilar shot at her and hit her vehicle, the affidavit stated.
In the video, the victim asked if she had to stay on town and go to court if she pressed charges against Aguilar, the affidavit stated. She also told the deputy that if Aguilar is out of jail, she is going to leave town.
In the affidavit, the Center PD detective said he believes the State of Texas has an obligation to protect the victims by pursuing criminal charges against Aguilar. The detective also that Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires agreed with him on the matter.
The Center PD detective also spoke to the Center PD officer that was on the scene with the former SCSO deputy and obtained the dash cam footage of the officer talking to the victim. In the video, the woman shows the deputy what appears to be a bullet hole in the hood of her car, the affidavit stated.