San Antonio, Texas, February 23, 2017: This afternoon, a Bexar County jury in the 227th District Court sentenced Darnell Rogers, age 23, to 32 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. On Wednesday, jurors convicted Rogers of the first degree felony offense of Aggravated Assault Against a Public Servant.
On September 18, 2015, law enforcement officers from multiple agencies were dispatched to the 3800 block of Southcross for reports of two black males shooting their guns at a car. Authorities believe the two parties had engaged in a drug deal before the shooting occurred. Bexar County Constables’ James Valle and Fabian Gonzalez from Precinct 4 first responded to the scene and made contact with Rogers. The constables began chasing Rogers on foot. Shortly thereafter, the constables heard a gunshot and observed Rogers scrambling over an 8-foot fence. They said when Rogers got to the other side of the fence, he began firing again at them. During the trial, numerous witnesses from a nearby apartment complex and nursing home testified to seeing Rogers fire his weapon at the uniformed constables.
Another constable then witnessed Rogers aim his gun at the other constables in an attempt to fire at them again. The constable shot Rogers once, striking him. Rogers was placed into custody and found with a 9MM gun and 15 grams of methamphetamine. Rogers, who represented himself during his trial with an advisor present, was partially paralyzed as a result of the incident. During the punishment phase, the State presented evidence Rogers has a criminal history and had assaulted guards and inmates in the Bexar County Jail while awaiting trial.
Aggravated Assault Against a Public Servant is a first degree felony, punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Assistant District Attorneys Jessica Schulze and Julie Wright from the Criminal Trial Division prosecuted the case against Rogers in the 227th District Court.