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Officers rescue wounded woman
Trinity Standard - July 2009
TRINITY – A man wielding a steak knife held officers at bay for about 45 minutes last week until Trinity County deputies were able to subdue him using a Taser.
Roberto Caldera Jr. of the Camp Branch Acres subdivision off FM 356 was held this week on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge.
He is accused of shooting his wife, Marian Caldera, once in the arm with a shotgun and then holding officers at bay.
Mrs. Caldera was rescued by a team of state and local officers and was taken to East Texas Medical Center-Tyler where she was initially listed in critical condition.
According to Trinity County Sheriff Ralph Montemayor, Mrs. Caldera’s condition was upgraded to stable on Friday, July 10.
Montemayor said the incident began around 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at the couple’s residence in Camp Branch Acres.
“He apparently became upset with his wife and fired two or three shots inside the home,” the sheriff said. One of the shot struck the woman in the arm.
The sheriff’s department was called to the scene when one of the two children inside the residence placed a call to the 9-1-1 operator. Neither of the children sustained physical injuries during the incident
Montemayor said in addition to the officers from his department, officers with the Precinct 1 Constable’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Trinity Police Department came to the scene.
When they arrived, they found the wounded woman laying on the front porch with the suspect standing over her armed with a steak knife.
The suspect refused to allow the officers to approach him and out of concern for the safety of the wounded woman the officers stayed back.
“She was laying on the porch bleeding and when the officers expressed their concern for her, the suspect would reach down and use his hand to try and stop the flow of blood,” the sheriff said.
After about a 45 minute standoff, Deputy Mark Moscinski arrived with the Taser – a non-lethal weapon that uses an electric charge to disable a person.
While other officers distracted the suspect, Moscinski was able to approach within range of the Taser and disable the suspect long enough for other officers to take him into custody.
Montemayor said Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams from both Polk and Walker counties had been alerted when the standoff began and were on their way to the scene when the incident ended.
“I want to express my thanks and appreciation to all of the officers who helped end this situation without any additional injuries,” Montemayor said.
“It shoes how much can be accomplished when agencies work together toward a common goal,” he added.