Man given life sentence for shooting at deputy

A Fort Worth man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after pleading guilty to firing at an Ector County deputy two years ago.

The defendant, 45-year-old George Alfaro, was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a first-degree felony, and evading arrest with a vehicle, a third-felony, and was sentenced to 99 years and 25 years in prison for the respective charges to be served consecutively. Alfaro will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

Deputies were first called two years ago about Alfaro stealing a Ford pickup out of Andrews County, which was found driving into Ector County. Alfaro attempted to flee from a deputy who spotted the truck, speeding away until plowing into a fence at the Halliburton Yard at FM 1936 and Interstate 20.

After getting out of the truck, Alfaro pulled out a pistol and fired a round at the deputy, 25-year-old Joshua Pool, who returned fire. Pool was not injured, but Alfaro was shot twice in the arm and the leg.

Alfaro pled guilty in the 70th District Court of Judge Denn Whalen. Tony Chavez was listed as his attorney.

“This maximum sentence illustrates the support of our citizens for law enforcement and the Ector County Sheriff’s Office and the intolerance for those that would try to harm them while they are defending us against chaos,” District Attorney Bobby Bland said in a statement.