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Caldwell County authorities searching for man considered 'armed and dangerous'

Officials responded to a call about an aggravated assault early Sunday morning. When they arrived, they found a man with a gunshot wound.

CALDWELL COUNTY, Texas — Editor's Note: A previous version of this story identified the suspect as Pedro Gallegos, which is what the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office first reported. On Sunday night, the sheriff's office said the suspect was actually a man of a different name and age.

Deputies with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help in locating a man allegedly connected to a shooting incident in Dale.

According to an advisory, deputies responded to a call about an aggravated assault with a firearm just before 4 a.m. on Sunday on the 100 block of Forister Ranch Drive.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they discovered an unconscious man with a gunshot wound. His condition was described as life-threatening at that time. Authorities say they managed to get him out of the property and into medical care.

That’s when deputies learned other people were on the property who left before law enforcement arrived, and that’s also when they were told suspect Ismael Miguel Barrientos-Gallegos, 49, was still inside the residence.

The deceased was identified as Fabian Rocha, 41. He was pronounced dead at 4:04 a.m. on May 9.

Officials say Barrientos-Gallegos was reportedly an ex-boyfriend of one of the victims.

A SWAT team with Hays County was called to assist with the execution of a search warrant for Barrientos-Gallegos but he was not found at the property.

Authorities consider Barrientos-Gallegos, a known sex offender, to be “armed and dangerous” and residents are urged to call 911 if he is seen. He has warrants out for murder and aggravated kidnapping while additional charges are pending.

Credit: Caldwell County Sheriff's Office

Other known aliases include Pedro Gallegos-Mercado, Michael Gallegos, Mario Gonzales, Miguel Garcia, Ismael Ramirez, Daniel Garcia, Miguel Garcia and Miguel Ramirez.

He has the name "Gallegos" tattooed on his abdomen, as well as a portrait of Jesus on his back. He also has a scar on the right side of his head from his eyebrow to his hairline and a mole on his right cheek.


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