JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office arrested a 34-year-old man in connection to allegations that he shot at a man and a woman that had stopped to check on his wrecked vehicle and later fired four shots at a JCSO deputy.
Kevin Carl Boatman, of Jasper, is still being held in the Jasper County Jail on a first-degree felony aggravated assault against a public servant charge and a second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge.
According to the arrest affidavit, a JCSO deputy was dispatched out to FM 2800 at about 7:30 p.m. on May 5 in reference to a 911 call about a vehicle that had been shot. When he got to the scene, a man and a woman told him that after they spotted a wrecked vehicle on the side of FM, they stopped to help any victims.
However, when they checked the vehicle, they noticed that no one was inside. The man told the deputy that a short time later, a man came out of a nearby wooded area and fired a semiautomatic pistol at their car, hitting it in the driver's side door, the affidavit stated.
While the JCSO deputy was at the scene, he spotted a man standing near the wood line fire about four shots toward the deputy and his marked patrol unit the affidavit stated. At that point, the deputy told the man and woman to leave the area for their safety and go to the sheriff's office to make a statement about what had happened.
Later, dispatch told the deputy that Boatman was the shooter. The dispatcher also told the JCSO deputy that Boatman has had numerous run ins with law enforcement, and he was known to be both violent and a narcotics user, the affidavit stated.
Boatman allegedly then fled back into the wooded area. After other law enforcement officers arrived on the scene, a perimeter was set up. The law enforcement officers spent several hours trying to find Boatman, the affidavit stated.
"After numerous hours of searching for Boatman and pinging his cellular device, we were able to track his location to the area of First St. and Verna St. inside the City of Jasper," the affidavit stated. "Upon responding to that location, we located a cell phone in the middle of the roadway.
The cell phone was collected as evidence, and the deputy said in the affidavit that he thought it was the phone they had been tracking.
A short time later, a JCSO sergeant went back to FM 2800 near where the shooting incident occurred and caught Boatman, the affidavit stated. Boatman allegedly told the deputies that he had tossed the gun into the wooded area, but he didn't remember where.
According to the affidavit, Boatman was found to have about $5,000 in cash on his person when he was searched.