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Man shot, treated after trying to shoot RPD officer

A 22-year-old Milano man is treated for three "non-life threatening" wounds, and will be charged with attempted capital murder after a shootout with a Rockdale police officer just after midnight Monday in front of the vacant HEB building.

Eric Scott Anderson was airlifted to Scott and White Hospital following the 12:30 a.m. shootout with Ofc. S. A. Smith, according to Lt. J. D. Newlin who said Smith was not hit.

Newlin said Anderson was behind a pillar at the old HEB when Smith approached and told Anderson to "show his hands."

Newlin said Anderson then fired six shots from a 9-millimeter handgun and Smith returned fire, hitting Anderson in the shoulder, forearm and hip.

"Ofc. Smith was answering a suspicious vehicle call to the parking lot and found a woman asleep in the vehicle," Newlin said.

"He observed an empty pistol holster in the vehicle and was told by the woman her boyfriend had gotten out and she did not know where he was," Newlin said.

"Ofc. Smith then located a man hiding behind a pillar and the shootout occurred," Newlin said.

Newlin, who talked to The Reporter early Tuesday from Scott & White, said police were able to talk with Anderson and he has confessed to shooting at Ofc. Smith.

"Municipal Judge Jerry Waggoner ha s issued a wa r ra nt against Anderson for attempted capital murder and he will be charged as soon as he is able to come back to Milam County," Newlin said.

Ofc. Ethan Patton had responded for backup and was talking to the female in the vehicle but did not participate in the shooting, Newlin said.

Deputy Sheriff Eddy Veracruz also responded and assisted in the aftermath, Newlin said.

Newlin said Ofc. Smith is returning to duty.


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