A Travis County sheriff's deputy will not face criminal charges for killing a man during a December 2011 standoff in southeast Travis County.
The Grand Jury issued a no bill against Travis County Deputy Carols Rodriguez in the shooting death of Josh Samuelson after hearing almost 15 hours of testimony.
On December 11, 2011, deputies responded to a check welfare call regarding a possible suicidal individual in the area of highway 130 and Highway 812. Dispatch says the caller stated that her husband, Josh Samuelson, sent her a text message of a picture of himself looking down the barrel of a shotgun. Samuelson's wife reported that he was upset about a protective order that had been filed against him.
Deputies say they located Samuelson through a cell phone ping and began talking to him via cell phone as he drove his truck around the property. They attempted to convince Samuelson to surrender as he approached a gate where deputies were stationed.
After his third approach to the gate, Samuelson returned to his home on the property and came out with a shotgun. He then began to walk across the property towards a group of occupied mobile homes with the gun under his arm.
As Samuelson approached, a deputy ranger, the ranger ordered him to drop his weapon. Samuelson then headed back towards his residence as he pointed his shotgun in the direction of SWAT team members, who were attempting to contain him. Samuelson pointed his gun at a second group of SWAT team members who were approaching in the opposite direction and SWAT team deputy Carlos Rodriguez fired four shots at Samuelson.
Samuelson died at the scene.