Shootout suspect out of hospital; bond is $250,000
Erric Scott Anderson was released from Scott & White Hospital in Temple on Thursday and was transferred to the Milam County Jail by Ofc. Mike Hoyt.
Municipal Judge Jerry Waggoner set bond at $250,000 and Anderson remains in the county jail.
Anderson was wounded in the shoulder, forearm and hip after an exchange of gunfire with Ofc. S. A. Smith following what police are terming a burglary attempt at National Pawn, which occupies a portion of what was once part of Rockdale's old Wal- Mart store.
"Upon further investigation of the circumstances leading to the shooting, it was found that Anderson had been inside the abandoned Wal-Mart building trying to get into the pawn shop but was unable to do so," Lt. J. D. Newlin said.
The series of events began about 11:30 p.m. on Nov. 23 as Smith and Ofc. Ethan Patton checked on a suspicious vehicle parked near National Pawn.
Newlin said a female passenger was asleep in the car, the driver's seat was empty and a holster for a Luger-type pistol was on the floor.
"She told the officers her boyfriend had gotten out of the car while she was asleep," Newlin said.
"She said the man was wearing a black shirt and black pants and confirmed that a pistol went with the empty holster," Newlin said.
Smith checked the building for signs of forced entry and found the suspect behind a stone pillar, according to Newlin.
"Ofc. Smith ordered the man to show his hands and the suspect opened fire, shooting a total of six times," Newlin said.
None of the shots struck Ofc. Smith.
Smith returned fire, hitting Anderson three times.
A 9-millimeter Walther P-38 (Luger-type) pistol was recovered at the scene, Newlin said.
Ofc. Smith returned to duty the next day. "He's fine," Newlin said.
Newlin said Patton was not involved in the shootout.
The next morning, officials at United Steelworkers Local 4896 Union Hall, across US 79, found a shattered window.
Police investigated but were unable to determine if the window was shattered by one of the slugs from the shootout.
"It could have happened that way but there was no shrapnel at the scene," Newlin said. "Obviously if it wasn't from the shootout it was a pretty big coincidence but we just can't confirm or deny that's what caused this."