Danger Level Rises When Deputies Serve Warrants

By: Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

Deputy Jerry Millan is still in stable condition at Medical Center Hospital. NewsWest 9 has learned a little more about who he is.

Co-workers and family members tell NewsWest 9 he's about 40 years old. He's from Pecos and has worked with the Reeves County Sheriff's Department for about six years.

Authorities say he was merely serving a misdemeanor warrant when he life was threatened. 

NewsWest 9 spoke with Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter to find out what kind of danger deputies face every single day.

"Most of the time, we don't know who we're contacting," Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter said. "We don't know if they're the good guy or the bad guy. And in this situation, this deputy found out the hard way. A very dangerous and a very tragic situation,"

Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter told NewsWest 9, serving a warrant is a task that every law enforcement officer faces each day. And when they stop a car, or knock on a door, they never know what or who they'll face.

"We have no idea what they're capable of, what they want to do, what their thought process is, or what kind of mental crisis they're in at the time," Painter said. "It's a crapshoot every time you make contact with someone."

He says serving warrants is one of their most dangerous tasks and involves the most amount of training.

"Serving civil papers and serving warrants are probably the two most dangerous things because you never know what's going to twist a person off, you never know what's going to happen," Painter said.

Reeves County officials have not identified the suspect involved in Wednesday's shooting in Pecos. They're waiting to release the name until relatives have been notified.

NewsWest 9 will continue to follow this developing story.