Jessie Hernandez Jr., the 33-year-old man accused of gunning down two Selma police officers once worked as a police officer himself and was dismissed from the job.
Senior Officer Kirk Stowers, a spokesman for the Corpus Christi Police Department, confirmed Monday that Hernandez had been a member of that force.
Stowers said Hernandez was dismissed “about five years ago” for misconduct.
He said the details of his dismissal were not available immediately and promised to look into it.
However, as of noon Monday, Stowers had not obtained that information or responded to additional requests.
Hernandez is accused of shooting the two officers — identified by the city of Selma only as Corporal Balderamas and Officer Kierum — late Thursday night after they responded to calls about a domestic disturbance.
An arrest warrant affidavit made available Monday morning offered up a few additional details.
The affidavit stated that police had received two calls about a man dragging a woman into a home in the 9000 block of Pinseeker.
Once the officer arrived, they were invited into the residence by Hernandez’s mother, who then took her grandchildren to an upstairs bedroom, the affidavit stated.
At one point, Kierum stepped forward, attempting to help Hernandez’s wife, who was injured and sitting on a sofa, the affidavit stated.
Hernandez pulled out a handgun and shot Kierum, a female officer, in her face, and Balderamas, in his leg, the affidavit stated.
Balderamas then fired back, wounding Hernandez, the affidavit stated.
Johnny Casias, Selma’s assistant city administrator, said Monday morning that both officers remain at San Antonio Military Medical Center and “are progressing.”
A relative at Hernandez’s home, meanwhile, said the suspect has been released from the hospital and is in jail.
Hernandez has been charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer.
He’s being held on a $750,000 bond.