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Posted on: February 6, 2017

Medical examiner issues ruling on Little Elm death

LITTLE ELM (February 6, 2017) Little Elm Police have been notified by the Texas Rangers that the Tarrant County Medical Examiner has determined that the death of Rudy Garcia was a homicide, ruling out a self-inflicted fatality.

Little Elm Police Chief Rodney Harrison says the determination was based on the results of the medical examiner’s investigation following the deadly encounter between Garcia and Little Elm Police Officers on Jan. 17.

In that incident, Garcia was holed up in a Little Elm home from which he fired shots at officers, striking Detective Jerry Walker who was among the first to respond to a citizen’s call for a “man with a gun.”

The gunshot which struck Walker inflicted a fatal wound. Officers returned fire and, according to the medical examiner, Garcia’s death was the result of police gunfire. Officers were able to enter the location after a cautionary standoff of some five hours.

As is standard practice in the law enforcement community, the officers involved in the incident who fired their weapons have been temporarily assigned to administrative and internal duties pending the presentation of the results of the Texas Rangers investigation to the grand jury for disposition.

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ABOUT LITTLE ELM – Little Elm is one of the state’s fastest growing communities. Nestled on the shores of Lake Lewisville, the Town was incorporated in 1966, adopting the Council/Manager form of government. The population increased dramatically over the last several years, growing from under 4,000 in 2000 to over 30,000 today. Little Elm’s population exceeds the state average in education and income, and is increasingly trending younger and technologically proficient. The Town’s footprint is just over 21 square miles and boasts some 66 linear miles of shoreline within its boundaries.
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