1 dead after shootout with Hays County deputies


WIMBERLEY, Texas (SBG) - A 26-year-old man is dead after getting in a shootout with Hays County Sheriff's Office deputies following an alleged burglary early Friday morning.

At about 3:45 a.m., the sheriff's office got a call about a man with a gun possibly breaking into Jean's Antiques on Spoke Hollow Road in Wimberley. When deputies arrived, someone began shooting at them, hitting patrol vehicles and wounding Hays County Deputy Benjamin Gieselman.

Deputies returned fire and the suspect ran into a nearby wooded area where he was found deceased. The suspect was identified as Rocky Miles West, 26, of Wimberley. No word if West's wounds were self-inflicted or if they were the result of shots fired from the deputies.

Gieselman, 28, a three-year veteran with the Hays County Sheriff's Office, suffered non-life threatening injuries to his legs and upper body. He was flown to an Austin area hospital where he is being treated. No injuries were reported to the other deputies involved.

West had an extensive criminal history and his last arrest was in January of 2017 for a family violence charge of assault with bodily injury.

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