Officer shot man during domestic dispute

December 12, 2008 4:43:40 AM PST
A South Texas man shot by a police officer as the man allegedly charged toward him is facing charges after a two-hour incident that started because he was angry at his wife for not cooking dinner, officials said. Mauricio Conrado Dominguez, 33, of Alton was treated and released from McAllen Medical Center after Wednesday's shooting and the officer has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation, the McAllen Monitor reported in its online edition Thursday.

Police initially responded to the dispute Wednesday evening after an 11-year-old boy ran away from the house to call 911 from a neighbor's home, Alton police Sgt. Mike Luna said. When the responding officer arrived, he learned that Dominguez, who police later said reeked of alcohol, had become upset that his wife hadn't prepared dinner.

Officers learned the incident had turned violent when Dominguez allegedly kicked in the glass of an oven before grabbing an ax and taking a swing at his wife while she carried a baby. They escaped without injury.

When police arrived, Dominguez disappeared into a nearby orchard. Dominguez reappeared and threatened the officer with a gun he claimed he was carrying, Luna said. Dominguez got away again, returning to the orchard. He reappeared and went to his house, emerging with grapefruit-sized rocks which he threw at his wife and the officer.

He ignored the officer's verbal command to stop and the officer drew his weapon and fired, Luna said. Dominguez was grazed by two bullets which struck him in the hand and stomach.

During an appearance before Alton Municipal Judge Carlos Ortegon, Dominguez was denied bond because of the nature of the allegations and his status as an illegal immigrant.

He was arraigned Thursday on one count of attempted capital murder of a peace officer and two counts of aggravated assault. A toxicology test has been ordered.

Calls by The Associated Press on Thursday to the police department in Alton and the Hidalgo County Jail were not immediately returned.

Alton is located approximately 220 miles south of San Antonio.

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