2013-04-04 / Police Report

Smith County Sheriff’s Report

On March 20, Horacio Gurrusquieta, 33, turned himself in to authorities in Dallas County in connection with a murder warrant for his arrest related to a June 3, 2012 shooting which claimed the life of Jose Alfredo Sanchez.

Horacio Gurrusquieta is the nephew of Natalio Gurrusquieta, 72, who was arrested on March 18 in Tyler on the same charge for the same crime.

Smith County Sheriff’s Office officials said that Horacio Gurrusquieta will be transported to the Smith County Jail.

Natalio Gurrusquieta was arrested by Smith County Detectives, Smith County Patrol Deputies and agents of U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and was taken into custody without incident in the 600 block of East Queen Street in Tyler.


In the early morning hours of March 21, detectives, officers and deputies with the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the U.S. Marshal Service, served an arrest warrant in the 23000 block of Pine Drive in Smith County for Brandon Kyle Smith.

Smith, DOB 7.2.84, was arrested without incident on a Governor’s Blue Warrant on a parole violation for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was previously arrested on numerous other charges, including assault on a public servant, aggravated robbery, and possession of a controlled substance.

Three others were at the residence at the time of Smith’s arrest. No charges are expected to be filed against them.

The arrest was the result of a month-long investigation.


After a standoff lasting several hours, officers and deputies of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and officers from the Bullard Police Department arrested Justin Dewayne Davis, 29, in the 21000 block of CR 145, just outside the Bullard city limits.

Davis was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Responding to a call at approximately 9 p.m. from a woman at the residence who stated that Davis was causing problems, law enforcement personnel arrived at the location and encountered Davis, who was acting erratically. During the encounter, Davis threatened officers and deputies and retreated into the residence. Davis released two adult females and some children from the residence, but refused to release two other children, ages six and seven.

After obtaining warrants from 241st State District Judge Jack Skeen Jr. to enter the residence and arrest Davis, at approximately 4 a.m. the SWAT team from the Smith County Sheriff’s Office entered the residence and arrested Davis without incident. The two children were unharmed and were released to their mother.

During the night, Davis’ father, Harold Dewayne Davis attempted to pass through a roadblock and proceed to the residence. He was arrested and charged with interference with public duties.

Both men were booked in to the Smith County Jail. Other charges are expected to be filed on Justin Dewayne Davis.


On March 28 at approximately 8 pm, the Smith County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a one vehicle ATV crash that occurred in the 17000 block of FM 1252 south of Winona.

The ATV operator, Juan Espinoza, 21, borrowed the ATV from a coworker. The coworker began worrying about Espinoza after he was gone longer than he had said he would be. During a search, the coworker located the ATV and found Espinoza unconscious nearby.

The coworker administered CPR until EMS arrived. According to EMS, Espinoza sustained massive head trauma. Espinoza was pronounced dead at the scene by Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Mitch Shamburger.

Espinoza was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

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