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An Atascocita man who shot and wounded three deputy constables who were responding to a disturbance was indicted by a Harris County grand jury Jan. 4.

Wesley Smith, 32, is charged with four counts of aggravated assault against a peace officer for an April 2018 shooting that sent three deputy constables to the hospital, one with serious injuries.

The shooting happened in the 12400 block of Saratoga Woods Lane in the Eagle Springs subdivision April 17. Precinct 4 deputy constables were dispatched at about 3 a.m. to perform a welfare check on Smith whom dispatchers described as suicidal and threatening to shoot himself. When they arrived at the home, they knocked on the door but Smith would not answer the door, according to the proceedings.

Several minutes passed before Smith stepped outside with a shotgun. According to court documents, Smith fired several shots at deputy constables. Deputy Christopher Gaines suffered multiple gunshot wounds from the shooting.

“This case is a reminder of how dangerous our officers’ jobs truly are,” Harris County District Attorney’s Office First Assistant Tom Berg said. “Wesley Smith opened fire on the very officers who had been called to help him. Now a Harris County jury must determine the consequences of his turning his weapon on them.”

Aggravated assault of a peace officer is a first degree felony – the offense carries a penalty of five to 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The same grand jury also considered, from a civil rights angle, the conduct of the deputy constables, concluding that no probable cause existed to charge them for what occurred while conducting their duties.

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