Yesterday, 04/24/19, a jury found 44-year-old Andrew Garza to be guilty of aggravated assault against a public servant, a first-degree felony. He was sentenced to serve 60 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and pay a $10,000 fine.
On February 8, 2018, evidence revealed that Garza had been involved in a burglary on Feb. 8th, 2018 in the 400 block of S. 9th St. in Big Spring. BSPD Police Officer Blake Grantham responded to a call about the burglary and attempted to make contact with Garza. Before he could do so, Garza evaded Officer Grantham by running southbound through the west alley of the 900 block of S. Goliad and into the yard of 400 E. 10th. There, Garza had retrieved a .45 caliber semi-automatic firearm from his pocket, and Officer Grantham immediately discharged 5 rounds from his service firearm in the direction of Garza, striking Garza once in the abdomen area.
Garza was transported by EMS to Scenic Mountain Medical Center Hospital and later flown by helicopter to Odessa Medical for treatment. The firearm Mr. Garza brandished was found to have been stolen during a burglary of habitation that was reported on Feb. 6, 2018.
The case was heard in the 118th District Court with Judge Timothy Yeats presiding. During sentencing, District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson noted that due to the aggravated nature of the charge, Garza would have to serve at least half of his sentence before parole would be a possibility.