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V DECEMBER 4, 2013 BEAR ATTACK Lady Lobo basketball mauls Bastrop Bears - Page 1B FOREVER HOME Long-term shelter dog finally finds family - Page 1C Barton Publications, Inc. Vol. 113 No. 36 Serving Buda, Kyle and Northeast Hays County 75 Kyle poli, :e SWAT standoff ends in death nab suspect Police say 22-year-old suspect had history of violent crime BY KIM HILSENBECK The man killed during a standoff in Niederwald with Hays County SWAT officers in the early morning hours of Black Friday was identified as 22-year- old Jerry Patti Stovall III of Canyon Lake. Officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety released his name Mon- day. At the request of the law enforce- ment agencies involved, the Texas Rangers are investigating the SWAT in- cident, which started about two hours earlier in Comal County. According to Bul- verde Police Chief Gary Haecker, his depart- ment was dispatched to the Bealls depart- ment store at about 1 a.m. Friday as employ- ees were preparing for Black Friday shoppers. The call came in as 'a man with a gun', Hae- cker said. When the first offi- cer arrived within two minutes of the call to the scene, Haecker said he met employees in the parking lot, who told him, "He's got one of our employees." Those same employ- ees "also pointed out a backpack left on the top of thewoman's car. Haeckersaid the contents of that bag led his depart- ment to the conclusion that Stovall fully "I'm ready to fall over and give up." -Facebook post by Jerry Stovall on Nov. 23 intended to kill the woman that night. "I think he had every intention on killing her," Haecker said. Employees pointed in the direc- tion that Stovall and Officers opened fire on Stovall when he threatened to kill his hostage and pointed his gun at the officers. -Law enforcement officials a 19-year-old wom- an, who they said was his ex-girlfriend, went minutes earlier. Following their direc- tions, the officer drove around the back of the store where Hae- cker said something caught his eye behind a dumpster. He said the officer got out of car and lit up the area with his spotlight. His vehicle was about 20 feet away from the dumpster, according to Haecker. "He saw the suspect and victim crouched behind the dump- ster," Haecker said. " le offices then drew ............ and told [Stovall] to come out." He said the officer was using the door of his vehicle for protection. At this point, Haecker said Stovall, who also had a gun, put the female in front of him as a shield. "Our officer was giving verbal com- mands," Haecker said. "'Drop your weapon, drop your weapon.'" Stovall then advanced toward the officer, a 50-year-old police veteran, holding the girl in front of him. When he was about 12 feet from the officer, Haecker said Stovall fired at the officer who then retreated around the other side of his police car. The bullet went into the hood of the vehicle. Haecker said the suspect was still pointing his gun at the officer, who was now on the passenger side of the car. That's when Stovall pushed the vic- tim inside the patrol car, still using her as a shield. He then drove offin the sto- len police car headed up Route 46. "The whole incident took about 30 seconds," Haecker said. Stovall then led Bulverde police and several other law enforcement agen- cies on a wild high-speed chase, some- times exceeding 100 mph, Stovall also fired his weapon at officers a few times ,luring the pursuit, according to Haeck- er. Deputies from f-hays County Sheriff's Office (HCSO)'became invoked in the chase, according to HCSO Deputy Ste- phen Traeger. Jerry Paul Stovall III About 90 minutes after police were first called, Traeger said a spike strip laid on Interstate 35 in Kyle destroyed two of the stolen cruiser's tires. The ve- hicle came to a stop near Route 21 in Niederwald, Traeger said. The HCSO Crisis Negotiation and SWAT teams were called to the scene. acCording to Traeger. Law enforcement officers attempted negotiation for ap- proximately 30 minutes. According to the information re- leased bylaw enforcement agencies involved, officers opened fire on StooJl when he threatened to kill his hostage and pointed his .gun at the officers. At 3:16 a.m., two San Marcos police SWAT team members took Stovall dowli DEATH BY SWAT, 4A Flood victims could see federal help BY ANDY SEVILLA Hays County flood victims hit hard by the Oct. 31 storm that caused two area water- ways to reach historic highs and displaced several families can now seek federal finan- cial assistance in the form of low-interest loans. The Small Business Admin- istration (SBA) declared Hays and ten other Central Texas counties as disaster areas due to the damage caused by the 2013 Halloween floods, Hays County spokesperson Laureen Chernow said in an email. The agency announced on Nov. 22 that low-interest federal loans are available to affected Texas residents and business owners. The SBA made the Homeowners could qualify for disaster loans up to $200,000 to repair or replace damaged homes, according to the SBA announcement. disaster declaration under its own authority in response to a Nov. 20 request by Gov. Rick Perry. Flood damage in Hays, Travis and Caldwell counties- the hardest hit areas - did not meet the $35 million minimum requirement to qualify for disaster aid from the Feder- al Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); according to each counties' preliminary findings. Initial estimates showed Hays County sustained just over $1 million in damage, though that number is expect- ed to climb. Travis County, however, may now qualify for FEMA help after damage at a wastewater treatment plant and lift station in Austin was initially over- looked during assessments. That damage could push Travis County's total costs over FE- MA's minimum requirements, according to media reports. FUNDS FOR FLOOD VICTIMS, 4A How to apply SBA representatives will only be available in person in Hays County for five days. Flood victims, however, can apply at any SBA sites, including in Travis and Caldwell counties. HAYS COUNTY: Hays County Precinct 2 Office, 5458 FM 2770, in Kyle (at the corner of Crystal Meadow Drive across from Barton Middle School). SBA representatives will be on hand beginning Tuesday Dec. 3, and Mondays through Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Dec. 11. TRAVIS COUNTY: Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Drive, in Austin. SBA representatives will be on hand Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice. CALDWELL COUNTY: Caldwell County Scott Annex, Caldweli County Office of Emergency Services, 1403 Blackjack Street, Suite E, in Lockhart. SBA representatives will be on hand beginning Thursday Dec. 5, and Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Dec. 12. Applicants can also apply online at or by calling the agency's Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955. It's Thyme to Party Please join the It's About Thyme nursery this Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. for a festive party for gardeners, with drinks and music by Celtic harpist Dec Grauzer. The event is free. Budafest postponed one week This weekend's Budafest has been rescheduled due to weather and will be on Dec. 14 and 15. First Thursday in Buda Downtown Buda will be open late for First Thursday. Come downtown from 5-9 p.m. to enjoy shopping and dining, plus enjoy the Christmas decorations. on the run BY ANDY SEVILLA Kyle police arrested a man on Monday who they say was imolved in a downtown dis- turbance, ignored officer's attempts to inter- vene, drove recklessly through residen- tial neigh- borhoods and hit a parked car DAVILA as he evad- ed arrest more than a week ago. Roy Davila, 24, had been on the nm since the Nov. 22 incident. He was arrested at his job at Phillips gas station in San Marco& Police Chief Jeff Barnett said Davila was involved in a physi- cal disturbance with a woman who was crying for help near the Centeffield Sports Bar. Barnett said Officer Juan Bazaldua was in the police de- partment's parking lot when he heard screams for help coming from a woman, whose identity has not been released, near the Center and Main Street intersec- tion at about 5 a.m. Baldua responded to the disturbance in progress and ob- served Davila approach a white 2000 Ford E:pedifion, accord- ing to court documents. Whela the officer attempted to make contact with Davil& he ignored authorities, entered his car and drove away through downtown streets around City Hall. Noticing Davila drive through stop signs and almost colliding with stafionaryvehicles on Center Street waiting for the train to pass, Bazaldua "immediately activated my emergency lights and sirens in attempts to detain the vehicle." "The vehicle refused to stop and accelerated through the residential area," Bazaldua said in court docmnents. ' pursuit ensued through the city limits of Kyle. The vehicle was observed traveling recklessly through much of the residential area," even colliding with a parked BMW on a private driveway on N. Bufleson Street. Davila then drove westward on FM 150 headed toward Driftwood, and once several miles outside of Kyle, the sus- pect stopped his vehicle and ran into a heavily wooded area, according to Barnett. Bazaldua chased Davila on foot toward an unknown res- idence when he lost sight of him and then reportedly heard "what appeared to be the arm- ing of a shotgun." Immediately, Bazaldua said in court documents, he returned to his cruiser and called for back up. Kyle police officers and Hays County Sheriff's Deputies ar- rived to assist with the help of a canine unit to help track the fleeing suspect. A request for air support from the Austin Po- lice Deparnnent did not hap- pen due to inclement weather, court documents state. Davila, who has an extensive criminal record in Hays Coun- ty dating back to when he was 17-years-old, has been charged with evading arrest, reckless driving and duty upon striking an unattended vehicle, jail re- cords show. Police have not said whether or not the woman knew or was connected to Davila. He is being held on $9,00' bond. Barnett said no injur: were reported and there no damage to city proper / CE3 LITTLE GIANTS Small biz gets a big boost - Page 1D Opinions ......................... 3A Sports ........................ 1-2B Education ..................... 3-4B Z Neighbors ..................... 1-4C ="= Best Bets .................. 4C Business .................. 1,4D Service Directory .......... 2-3D Classifieds .................... 2D Public Notices .............. 2D