SAN MARCOS — Following the April 19 conviction by a jury, Jeffery Alan Scott Jr. was sentenced to life in prison for attempted capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant on April 24.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Scott was on the run from a murder warrant out of Dallas County. On July 15, the U.S. Marshal’s Office tracked him to a 7-Eleven gas station in San Marcos. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Juarez approached Scott and asked for his identification. The fugitive pulled a firearm, pointed it at the trooper and fired multiple shots, the release stated. The trooper fired back and the bullet grazed Scott’s head, leaving a small wound. The law enforcement officer was uninjured in the exchange; however, several civilians were in the parking lot at the time, according to police reports.
The U.S. Marshals, along with task force officers, arrived on scenes and quickly escorted witnesses to safety. The evidence of the incident was caught on both the trooper’s bodycam footage and dashcam video, as well as the gas station surveillance footage. In an interview with Texas Rangers following the incident, Scott admitted to shooting the DPS trooper.
Following the April 19 conviction by a jury, the state presented punishment evidence to the jury, which included evidence regarding the Dallas murder case. The state rested their case on Monday, April 24. Scott then informed the state he would accept a life sentence on both counts. The plea was accepted by Hays County 274th Judicial District Judge Gary Steel and Scott was sentenced to life in prison for attempted capital murder and aggravated assault of a public servant on April 24.
“We are very proud of the work of our prosecutors, Miranda Ebersole and Allison Buess, in this case,” said Hays County District Attorney Kelly Higgins in the press release. “We are also grateful for the diligent work of the multiple agencies involved with the investigation and prosecution of this case: the Texas Rangers, U.S. Marshals, Office of the Attorney General, San Marcos Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety – Highway Patrol Division and the Dallas Police Department.”