A jury trial is beginning this week for a Fort Worth man accused of being involved in a shootout and a high-speed pursuit with an Ector County deputy two years ago.
The defendant, 45-year-old George Alfaro, faces an aggravated assault against a public servant charge, a first-degree felony, and evading arrest with a vehicle charges, a third degree felony. He is standing trial in the 70th District Court of Judge Denn Whalen. Tony Chavez is listed as his attorney.
Deputies were first called about Alfaro stealing a Ford pickup out of Andrews County two years ago, which was equipped with a GPS tracking device and showed Alfaro was driving into Ector County. Alfaro reportedly drove away when a deputy in the area of FM 1936 and Alturas Avenue spotted the stolen truck, sheriff’s authorities reported.
The deputy reportedly tried pulling Alfaro over, but he continued to speed away until plowing into a fence at the Halliburton yard at FM 1936 and Interstate 20.
Alfaro is accused of getting out of the truck at that point, pulling out a pistol, and firing a round at the deputy, who returned fire, previous coverage stated. The deputy was not injured, but Alfaro was shot twice in the arm and the leg.
The deputy who shot Alfaro was 25-year-old Joshua Pool, who former Sheriff Mark Donaldson previously said was justified in his use of deadly force and would continue to serve on patrol.
After being released from the hospital, jail records show Alfaro was taken to the Ector County Detention Center, where he has remained since on four bonds totaling $152,500.
Should Alfaro be found guilty of aggravated assault against a public servant, he could be sentenced to anywhere between five and 99 years in prison. If he is only found guilty of evading arrest with a vehicle, he would face prison time between two and 10 years.