Juan Nick Garcia Arrested for Allegedly Shooting Ex-Wife’s Boyfriend
PEARSALL, Texas – An hours-long standoff Monday in Pearsall ended with a man in police custody.
Police said Juan Nick Garcia, 56, fired a shotgun blast through a bedroom window at his ex-wife’s home around 4:45 a.m., wounding the woman’s current boyfriend, then went to his home and barricaded himself in the home, prompting a large law enforcement presence.
Pearsall Police Chief Pedro Salinas said Garcia’s ex-wife was not hurt and her new boyfriend suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Salinas said the couple called 911 after hearing dogs barking. Garcia had been harassing the couple for some time and had a no-trespassing order against him, Salinas said. He described the incident as a “lovers’-type quarrel.”
After Garcia fled the scene, police found his car at his house, where he was holed up, Salinas said.
Texas Department of Public Safety negotiators, a tactical team and the Pearsall Police Department were dispatched to the home, and Garcia came out after an hours-long standoff, according to police.
Salinas said Garcia appeared to be intoxicated and slipped outside the doorway of the home due to the rainy conditions, allowing officers to utilize non-lethal force to get him into custody.
Authorities said Garcia is facing a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal trespass and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Garcia is also charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon. Court records show Garcia was convicted in 2014 of driving while intoxicated with a child under 15 years of age.