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Chris Summerville. Photo Source: Smith County Jail. Chris Summerville. Photo Source: Smith County Jail.
Summerville in court on Monday, February 13, 2012. Summerville in court on Monday, February 13, 2012.
Deputy Josh Caulkins. Photo Source via Facebook. Deputy Josh Caulkins. Photo Source via Facebook.
Inside the apartment after the shooting. Photo Source: Smith County District Attorney's Office. Inside the apartment after the shooting. Photo Source: Smith County District Attorney's Office.
The gun Summerville used in the shooting March 23, 2011. Photo Source: Smith County District Attorney's Office. The gun Summerville used in the shooting March 23, 2011. Photo Source: Smith County District Attorney's Office.
TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

Chris Summerville, the man accused of firing shots at Smith County Deputy Josh Caulkins during a federal warrant service in late March 2011, has entered a guilty plea.

Summerville pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault of a public servant as part of a plea agreement. He also pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, for which he received a 20-year sentence, which will be added after he serves his two life sentences.

Summerville is sentenced to serve two concurrent life sentences in the Texas Department of Corrections, with credit for time served. He has waived his right to trial by jury and all rights to appeal to any ruling of the court-- past or present.

Under oath, Summerville told the court he understood there was jury panel ready to go in the 114th District Court should he want a jury trial. Summerville said he understood the ramifications of entering a guilty plea and has had an opportunity to discuss his decision with his parents.

In addition to the aggravated assault charges, Summerville also pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

Late in the night on March 23, Federal Marshals and Smith County authorities approached the Arbors apartments in south Tyler to serve a federal warrant.

Upon entering the apartment where the suspect was believed to be, authorities say Summerville opened fire with a 16-gauge sawed-off shotgun, hitting Deputy Caulkins in the chest. There was a loaded .22 pistol in the apartment belonging to Summerville, but he did not shoot it.

Caulkins was wearing a bullet-proof vest and survived the shoot out.

Two others were also arrested. The renter of the apartment, Kara Adams-Hanley and Jeffrey Andrysiak were each charged with engaging in organized criminal activity and manufacture delivery of a controlled substance.

Summerville was indicted on six-counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer after the incident.

In 2011, Summerville was also indicted on two charges, separate from the shooting incident. Summerville was indicted on aggravated robbery in connection with a convenience store robbery just days before the shooting, and failure to register as a sex offender.


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