Morris injured in Texas shootout
A former No Name resident suffered life-threatening injuries Tuesday after he was shot during a standoff with a Comal County, Texas, sheriff’s deputy.John Edward Morris, 41, was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon after taking three gunshots to his upper torso, Comal County Lt. Mark Reynolds said. Morris, who was wanted in Colorado for allegedly attacking and robbing a 36-year-old woman June 24 as she rode her bicycle near the Echo Lake Lodge in Clear Creek County, was at a boat and vehicle storage yard in Texas on Tuesday when Comal County deputy Brett Smith arrived. “(Smith) got the call before 8 a.m.,” Reynolds said. “Our deputy arrived at the scene and asked him for ID. The guy went to his vehicle – our deputy thought he was going to the vehicle to get ID – and came out with a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun. Our deputy drew his service pistol. As (Morris) approached him, our deputy tried to get a better position by getting behind his car.”Morris pointed the shotgun at the deputy and refused to drop it, Reynolds said.That’s when Smith, a seven-year veteran of the sheriff’s department, commanded Morris to drop the shotgun. When Morris refused, Smith fired six shots, hitting Morris three times in the upper torso, Reynolds said.”He’ll be charged with criminal intent to commit capital murder,” Reynolds said, adding that charges haven’t yet been filed because Morris could die before he gets out of the hospital. The shootout happened between San Antonio and Austin in unincorporated Comal County near the town of New Braunfels. Local chargesJust prior to his problems in Clear Creek County and Texas, Morris had some legal problems in Garfield County. He was arrested in No Name on June 15 after he allegedly threatened his sister, her husband and their kids. The threats happened when the sister and husband drove up from Texas to retrieve their kids, who were staying with Morris and his mother, Sylvia V. Morris, Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said. Morris reportedly brandished a knife at his family members and was arrested at his home, which was located in the Rock Gardens Mobile Home Park. He was taken to jail on five counts of felony menacing and two counts of child abuse for brandishing the knife with children present, Vallario said.Less than 10 days later, Morris found himself in more trouble. According to the Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office, Morris is suspected of assaulting the bicycling woman on U.S. Highway 103, about 3 miles below Echo Lake Lodge.The woman told detectives she was riding her bike on Colorado Highway 103 when a man ran into her with his vehicle, got out of his car and began to assault her, authorities said.The woman ran off, but Morris reportedly chased her down and caught her. She told authorities that’s when he started to assault her again. She was finally able to get away with the help of another cyclist who was in the area, authorities said, but he stole her bike. She was treated at the scene and transported to a Denver area hospital, where she was treated and released. She said she didn’t know the man who attacked her and didn’t know what his motive would be.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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