East Texas: One of Texas 10 Most Wanted dead, after law enforcement returns fire in stand-off


After a four-day manhunt, followed by negotiations throughout Saturday afternoon, evening and Sunday morning, a 28-year-old Center, Texas, fugitive is dead.

Antonio Jaso Aguilar, who was listed on the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, was wanted for attempted Capital Murder, after firing at a Department of Public Safety trooper following a traffic stop on Wednesday.

Aguilar was shot by law enforcement after he fired at them following an hours-long standoff at a private residence in Center, Texas.

A state-wide manhunt was instituted after a DPS trooper attempted to stop Aguilar for a traffic violation in Shelby County Wednesday afternoon. Aguilar, who was driving a Cadillac SUV on FM 699, refused to stop and fled.

Aguilar continued his flight onto CR 3853, near Joaquin, where he briefly stopped and allowed his two passengers to get out of the Cadillac (they were detained by law enforcement and later released) before he continued evading.

After a short distance, Aguilar stopped, backed into the DPS patrol vehicle causing substantial damage, prompting the trooper to discharge his weapon. Aguilar then  suspect then retrieved a rifle from his vehicle and fired, striking the windshield of the marked DPS vehicle.

The trooper was uninjured during the incident.

An investigation identified Aguilar as the suspect, and felony warrant for Attempted Capital Murder with a $5 million bond was issued for Aguilar.


Then, around 4 p.m. Saturday, the Center Police Department received a tip from a confidential source that Aguilar was at a private residence in Center.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene and spent several hours negotiating with Aguilar.


Based on the preliminary investigation, at approximately 3:45 a.m. this morning, Aguilar exited the residence with a rifle and fired at law enforcement officials.

Law enforcement returned fire, fatally wounding Aguilar.

Mark Tuley, 58, of Center, was arrested by Texas Rangers (DPS) for harboring a fugitive; he was transported to the Shelby County jail for the felony offense.

No law enforcement officers were injured during this incident.

This investigation, which is still open, is continuing.

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