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Public Safety News
Galveston County Sheriff's Office
News Release
Monday, July 25, 2011

A Bayou Vista man was taken into custody last night after he fired several shots at an officer trying to arrest him. 

Rodney Scott Smith, 45, was charged with Aggravated Assault Against a Public Servant after he reportedly fired several shots from a semi-automatic pistol at Bayou Vista PD Officer T. J. Krietemeyer. 

Galveston County Sheriff’s detectives called to the scene to handle the investigation learned Krietemeyer was dispatched to a residence in the 800 block of Bonita around 8:05 PM yesterday regarding an incident of harassment.  While investigating that incident, he went next door and unsuccessfully attempted to contact Smith, who was apparently connected to the harassment incident.  Krietemeyer responded to a second call at the same residence about further harassment and was able to contact Smith at his residence. 

According to reports, Krietemeyer began to talk to Smith about the harassment incident as he ran a routine check for warrants.  He discovered Smith was wanted for non-payment of child support in Harris County.  As Krietemeyer approached Smith to arrest him on the warrant, Smith backed away and pulled a .380 caliber pistol from the small of his back, firing several shots at Krietemeyer, who returned fire as he moved to cover.

Smith retreated into his residence as Krietemeyer called for assistance.  Officers from Santa Fe, La Marque, and Tiki Island, along with Sheriff’s deputies rushed to the scene. 

A Sheriff’s dispatcher was able to contact Smith via telephone and convince him to surrender peacefully.  He was taken into custody without further incident. 

Neither Smith nor Krietemeyer suffered any injuries. 

Smith remains incarcerated at the Galveston County Jail under bonds totaling $120,000.





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