25-year sentence for shootout
Prosecutor Kerry Spears said Erric Scott Anderson made an open plea to the court on a charge of aggravated assault of a peace officer with a deadly weapon, which empowered Judge Ed Magre to decide guilt and punishment.
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.
BURGLARY— Anderson was wounded in the shoulder, forearm and hip after an exchange of gunfire with Ofc. S. A. Smith.
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.
Lt. J. D. 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 boy- friend had gotten out of the car while she was asleep,” Newlin said.
Smith checked the building for signs of forced entry and found a suspect behind a stone pillar, according to Newlin.
SHOOTOU T—“ Ofc. Smith ordered the man to show his hands and the suspect opened fire, shooting a total of six times,” Newlin said.
Smith was not hit.
The officer returned fire, hitting Anderson three times.
A 9-millimeter Walther P-38 (Luger-type) pistol was recovered at the scene, Newlin said.
Anderson recovered after being treated at Scott & White Hospital, Temple.