County auditor shot multiple times by son appears to be making ‘miraculous’ recovery.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


Erath County auditor Kent Reeves continues to defy the odds after being shot at least 15 times, allegedly by his own son.


Four county officials told Beneath the Surface News on Monday that Reeves is now responsive and appears to be beating the odds in his recovery.

“He is definitely improving and from the description of what I have been told happened, it’s certainly miraculous,” Erath County judge Alfonso Campos said.


Reeves remains hospitalized at Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, but he could be moved to a private room as soon as this week, Campos said.

Twenty-two-year-old Garrett Reeves is accused of shooting his father at least 15 times with a 9 mm handgun and AR-15 just before midnight on April 9.


He has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on a $500,000 bond at the Hood County Jail.

Kent Reeves’ injuries were so severe that many doubted he would survive, but his recent improvement is giving family and friends hope that he will recover.


“I have been to the hospital and I have spoken with him,” Campos said. “We are letting him know that we support him and that he needs to focus on taking care of himself.”


Meanwhile, Kay McLearen is handling the auditor’s day-to-day business for the county, Campos said.