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Published on June 20, 2024
Deadly Conduct Charge Dropped Against Ex-Hays County Officer Following Family's Request After Kyle Hospital ShootingSource: Comal County Sheriff's Office

The case against a former Hays County Sheriff's Office corrections officer has been dismissed following a shooting incident that resulted in the death of an inmate last year, according to officials on Thursday, the Hays County District Attorney's Office dropped the deadly conduct charge against Isaiah Garcia, who had been indicted earlier for his actions during a scuffle that ended in gunfire at a hospital in Kyle, as reported by KXAN.

December 12, 2022, marked the tragic event when Garcia, while on duty, shot and killed 36-year-old Joshua Wright as he attempted an escape from Seton Hays Hospital; this followed a physical altercation where Garcia was replacing Wright's handcuffs after a bathroom visit, Wright shoved Garcia and made a break for the public exit, however, instead of a clean getaway, Wright's freedom run was cut short by deadly gunfire echoing through the emergency room—a highly sensitive environment fraught with already distressing emergencies and tender human recoveries, as per CBS Austin.

Following interactions with Wright's family, who had been insistent on transparency and accountability, including a push for the release of the police bodycam footage, Hays County Criminal District Attorney Kelly Higgins acknowledged the gravity of their input, stating "The wishes of a victim or the family of a victim are always considered, but other factors that must be considered include public safety and fundamental fairness," according to her statement obtained by CBS Austin; consequent to the case dismissal, Garcia agreed to never again don the uniform or assume the responsibilities that come with the badges of a peace officer, corrections officer, or armed security guard.