Man who attempted to run over Cherokee Co. deputy has day in court

CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A confrontation between a Cherokee County sheriff's deputy and two young Jacksonville men in 2012 was  revisited in court Thursday. One of the men, who is accused of attempting to run over the deputy, plead guilty to the charge of aggravated assault against a peace officer.

In April of 2012, a deputy was investigating the sound of gunfire in the area of County Roads 3303 and 3304, just west of Jacksonville.

According to Texas Ranger Brent Davis, the deputy found the suspects in a vehicle and pulled it over to question the occupants, who were later identified as Roel Jesus Gallegos and Eric Carlos Torres, both of Jacksonville.

Davis said the suspects refused to show the officer their hands; then, Gallegos floored the gas pedal and attempted to run over the officer.

The officer was able to quickly step out of the way, and fired more than five rounds at the vehicle, Davis said.

Gallegos suffered minor head injured from a ricocheted bullet.

Passenger Eric Torres suffered gunshot wounds to the forearm, hand, and left shoulder.

Both suspects were taken to the hospital, and were soon released and charged. Gallegos was charged with aggravated assault, as was Torres.

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