BAYOU VISTA — A jury on Wednesday sentenced a man convicted of shooting at an officer to 25 years in prison a prosecutor said.
The jury of eight men and four women in Judge Lonnie Cox’s 56th District Court in Galveston deliberated an hour before finding Smith guilty and took less than two hours to decide his punishment.
Rodney Scott Smith 46 was convicted Tuesday of aggravated assault of a public servant after he was accused of shooting at Bayou Vista officer T.J. Krietemeyer. No injuries were reported.
Smith was accused of harassing a female neighbor and exchanging gunfire with Krietemeyer when the officer went to arrest him July 24 in the 800 block of Bonita on a Harris County warrant Prosecutor Jon Hall said.
As Krietemeyer attempted to arrest Smith the defendant pushed the officer and started digging his hand in his pocket Hall said. He then started shooting.
A sheriff’s office crime scene investigator found five shots fired by Smith and three shots fired by Krietemeyer Hall said.
Smith is eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence Hall said.