Deputy shooting leads to search for Bowie County murder suspect

LEARY, Texas — The shooting of a Bowie County deputy early Sunday sparked a massive, multi-agency manhunt for a murder suspect who allegedly fled the area Saturday afternoon.

Much of US Highway 82 between Nash and Hooks remains under the control of law enforcement in the search for 32-year-old Hector Alejandro Pintor Aguilar. Aguilar is the suspect in a shooting at a house near the TexAmericas Center that left one person dead and a woman in the stable. condition with multiple gunshot wounds.

Hector Alejandro Pintor Aguilar
After the shooting, Aguilar left the area in a vehicle, crashed near Horatio, Arkansas, in Sevier County, and stole another vehicle — a white 2005 GMC four-wheel-drive truck — at gunpoint. a weapon to continue its flight, according to the first information. from the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office. It was believed to be heading north on US Highway 71.

However, the search for Aguilar returned to Bowie County after he was reportedly spotted in the GMC truck near the intersection of Kings Highway and US Highway 59.

“I had a patrol lieutenant who recognized the homicide suspect vehicle earlier in the day, and he initiated a traffic stop on it. During that traffic stop, the lieutenant was shot,” said Sheriff Jeff Neal around 1 a.m. Sunday. “The suspect fled the scene and was involved in a chase, where he also stole another vehicle.”

The officer is being treated for his injuries in a hospital. No further information on his condition is available.

Aguilar reportedly abandoned the second vehicle somewhere along US 82 and continued the robbery on foot. A Code Red public alert was issued to residents of the search area.

The sheriff’s office’s hunt for Aguilar has led to a call for support from law enforcement across the region. Nearly 100 officers from the two Texarkana police departments, the Texas Department of Public Safety and other departments descended on Love’s truck stop on Leary Road Sunday morning, turning the convenience store parking lot into a command center .

Officers, some in tactical gear, along with search dogs and horses, rallied in the parking lot as shop workers, truckers and other travelers looked on curiously.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office received a call of shots being fired at a home on Private Road 82008, just east of the entrance to the TexAmericas Center near U.S. Highway 82. On the scene, deputies found a Hispanic man and woman with a gunshot. wounds on the back porch of the house.

Aguilar lived in the house.

The injured were taken by ambulance to the hospital, where the man, Serafin Garcia-Alanis, 55, of Texarkana, Arkansas, died. The 52-year-old, also from Texarkana, remains in stable condition after being treated for multiple injuries, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

“It looks like they were his in-laws,” Neal said of Aguilar’s relationship with the victims.

Investigators have yet to determine a motive.

Photo Officers from multiple agencies mobilize early Sunday, August 8, 2022 at Love’s truck stop on Leary Road in Leary, Texas during a manhunt for Hector Alejandro Pintor Aguilar. Aguilar, 32, is suspected of fatally shooting a man Saturday afternoon at a home near the TexAmericas Center in Hooks, Texas. The manhunt began after Aguilar allegedly shot a Bowie County Sheriff’s Office deputy during a traffic stop Saturday night near the intersection of Kings Highway and US Highway 59 in Texarkana, Texas. (Staff photo by Stevon Gamble)

Brandon D. James