Erath County auditor allegedly shot by son remains critical; bond for suspect set at $500k.


Garrett Reeves

By SARA VANDEN BERGE


Erath County auditor Kent Reeves has undergone another round of surgery after surviving being shot by an AR-15 at his home on Saturday night.


The alleged shooter, 22-year-old Garrett Reeves, remains behind bars at the Erath County Jail charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.


He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

NEW DETAILS EMERGE


As the investigation into what might have prompted the shooting continues, new details are emerging.


Garrett Reeves is accused of shooting his father multiple times with both a 9 mm handgun and AR-15.

Garrett Reeves and his girlfriend had reportedly been living with his parents – Kent and Lora Reeves – at the family’s home in Erath County when things took a dark turn shortly before midnight on Saturday.


Erath County Sheriff Matt Coates is working the case with Texas Ranger BJ Hill and said that Garrett Reeves has been interviewed extensively, but his motive for shooting his father is still unclear.

Garrett Reeves had reportedly been drinking that evening and was downstairs with his father when shots were fired, jarring awake Garrett Reeves’ girlfriend and mother who had been sleeping upstairs.


“All he has said so far is that it was self-defense; he says his father approached him aggressively before the shooting,” Coates told Beneath the Surface News.


After a 9-1-1 call was made from the home, Garrett Reeves fled the scene with his girlfriend.

Erath County deputies found the two hiding under a bridge in Duffau on Sunday morning.


Coates said Garrett Reeves had never been in trouble before the shooting.


“He had a clean record,” Coates said.

Meanwhile, Kent Reeves remains in critical condition at Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.


If he succumbs to his injuries, charges against Garrett Reeves will likely be raised to murder.