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Galveston County Sheriff's Office
News Release
Thursday, August 03, 2017


Deputies responded to a report of an accidental shooting on Sunday, August 30, 2017. This occurred in the 4700 block of 6th St. in Bacliff, Texas. When deputies arrived, at approximately 6:20 pm, they found the boyfriend of the victim standing outside the residence. The victim was found on a couch with a bullet wound to the head. She was breathing but unconscious. EMS arrived and requested life flight for transport. The victim was transported to Hermann Hospital.

According to the boyfriend, he was showing a gun to the victim when the gun went off. He said prior to him showing her, he removed the ammunition clip from the gun. But, he didn’t realize there was a live round in the chamber of the gun.

There were 2 other people in the residence when the incident occurred. Neither one of them claimed to have witnessed the incident. One of the persons was later identified as Jared Koehler from Santa Fe, Texas. He removed the gun from the residence and discarded it at an unknown location at that time. During the course of the investigation, deputies learned where the gun may possibly be. The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office dive team later recovered the gun in a creek in the Santa Fe area of the county. Just to re-cap the press release this morning: 08/03/17

Orlando Martinez was arrested and charged with Manslaughter with an $80,000.00 Bond.

Jared Koehler turned himself in on a warrant for Tamp/Fabricating Physical Evidence with a $25,000.00 Bond.

Pictured (left to right): Koehler and Martinez.

Remembering Jim Guidry

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