Ector County Commissioner candidate facing assault charge

Ector County Commissioner candidate facing assault charge

ECTOR COUNTY, TX (KWES) - Troy Walker is the owner of Walker Air Conditioning and also a Republican candidate for Ector County Commissioner. He could be facing an assault charge after an altercation between him and an former employee last year.

"I'm guilty of defending my son and that's all I'm guilty of," said Walker.

Walker says he got a call from his 16-year-old son around 5 p.m. on the evening of March 19. He says his son told him former employee, Manuel Mendoza, put a gun to his head.

Walker says he immediately fired Mendoza, but he wouldn't leave. That's when he went to his business and an altercation ensued.

"He reached for his pockets and things got out of hand. I felt threatened," said Walker.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Mendoza says Walker grabbed a rod and struck him across the back side, hip, arm pit, and ear area, but Walker says he was just defending himself and his son.

"If it is imminent danger, that's reason the second amendment was put in the constitution. You have to be able to defend yourself," said Walker.

Walker was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland says they will be going after a lesser charge of Class A misdemeanor assault.

"The item used did not qualify as a deadly weapon based upon the facts of this case. We believe this wasn't properly filed as a felony. It is understood that they would call it a felony, but when you analyze what the law is, this should have been charged as a misdemeanor," said Bobby Bland.

Former employee, Manuel Mendoza, was charged with deadly conduct for his part in the incident. Mendoza says he is innocent and plead guilty to the charge because he did not have the means to fight it.

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