KLTV 7 News has obtained the search warrants and the arrest affidavits detailing what happened during and after the shooting of a DPS trooper in Tyler. Today, one of the suspects in the shooting, Francisco Saucedo, 38, appeared in court, after he was released from the hospital. Saucedo and Ramon Ramos, 37, each face 14 charges of aggravated assault on a public servant. Their bail is set at $23 million.
Smith County authorities say Trooper Steven Stone was shot, after pulling Ramos and Saucedo over, on Highway 31 east for speeding. According to the affidavit, Trooper Stone asked Ramos, the driver of the vehicle, to step out. The document says Trooper Stone found illegal narcotics in truck. The affidavit says, "Trooper Stone began to handcuff the driver and placed one handcuff on him. The passenger then exited the vehicle and Trooper Stone ordered him back into the vehicle. The driver then turned around, facing Trooper Stone, and displayed a firearm. The driver fired a round point-blank into Trooper Stone. The passenger also displayed a firearm and both suspects fired multiple rounds at Trooper Stone. The suspects then fled the scene. It was later determined that Trooper Stone was shot in the neck and shoulder. There were also multiple bullets found embedded in his body armor."
District Attorney Matt Bingham has viewed dash cam video of what happened and says it's one of the most shocking things you could watch. "I can tell you, it's one of the hardest things I have ever had to watch in the almost 12 years that I've been prosecuting. That's a hard one to watch a second time. It's a hard one to watch the first time and I don't want to have to do it again," said Bingham.
Officers spotted the truck at "La Michoacana" and tried to pull the suspects over. The affidavit says, "When the suspect vehicle did not stop, Officer Mike Kieny activated his sirens.... Near the intersection of Fleishel and Commerce Streets, the suspects pulled over. The passenger exited the truck and started shooting a rifle at Officer Kieny and Officer Shields. Officer Kieny said that one round entered the front windshield and passed between himself and Officer Jason Shields."
The chase ended at Highway 64 east about a mile outside Loop 323. The affidavit says, "the suspects vehicle struck a red vehicle that was also east-bound on Highway 64 east."
Ramon and Saucedo were transported to ETMC and Trinity Mother Francis following the crash.
A relative of Francisco Saucedo told KLTV 7 News that Saucedo is from Mexico. He lived in Tyler before he moved to Tulsa, OK. The nationality of Ramos is not known.