Shots fired, house fire results in arrest
By Michael Brooks
Around 7:20 a.m. on Friday, April 21, the Edna Police Department responded to 605 Davis St. after dispatch received a call concerning a domestic dispute.
“The wife left to take the children to school, and she called in saying her husband was somewhat suicidal and possibly going to injure himself with firearms or burn the house down,” Edna Police Chief Rick Boone said. “He had packed gasoline inside the house, so the wife called because she had taken the younger kids to school but was concerned about her 26 year old son who was still in the home.”
Officer Luis Chavez arrived and approached the home.
“Officer Chavez got here and approached to do a knock-and-talk, and as soon as that happened a shot was fired and officers retreated back,” Boone continued. “We sent additional personnel over and the next thing we know, we started seeing smoke.”
Boone said the smoke inside the house got so bad, the man, Jesus Villarreal, ran outside and gave up.
“The first person that came out was the son, and he was good and is safe,” Boone continued. “Villarreal had some superficial burns to his feet so he will be treated before he is taken to jail.”
Boone said Villarreal will be facing charges of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Arson.
The house fire was put out at 8:33 a.m.