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Shots fired in town, man arrested

A 19-year-old Ennis man is in jail after firing a semi-automatic handgun on Christmas Eve.
Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson said at 11:55 p.m. officer Justyn Wilder was dispatched to the 900 block of S. Hall Street in reference to gunshots heard. While en route, Wilder was informed of several more calls regarding the shots being fired, including from fellow officer Sherman Swafford.
Officers arrived in the 1000 block of S. Hall Street and saw a man firing the weapon, which led to police taking cover for their safety. Officer Sherman Swafford was able to get a physical description of the subject at which time a spotlight was put on the suspect. The man was ordered to drop the weapon and told to get on the ground. While police attempted to put the man in handcuffs, the suspect struggled.
When asked why he was shooting the weapon, the suspect told police he was only shooting it into the air.
Miguel Avila was charged with aggravated assault of a peace officer with a firearm.

Travel trailer stolen, returned
Ennis police were able to close a case involving the theft of a travel trailer after Balch Springs police department located the trailer along with a stolen vehicle in their city limits.
According to Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson, on Dec. 1 Det. Sgt. Dorinda Clark spoke with a complainant who said sometime during the Thanksgiving holiday the travel trailer had been stolen. A neighbor called the owner of the trailer and informed him that it was gone.
Three weeks later, Balch Springs police located a stolen truck parked next to the missing travel trailer. Balch Springs officers made contact with a man and woman inside the trailer.
Once it was discovered the vehicle was stolen, the couple were both taken into custody, at which time the woman told officers the male suspect had stolen the travel trailer. Ennis police were subsequently contacted and the trailer returned to its owner.
Local officers transported the suspect from Balch Springs to Ennis without further incident.
Darrell Blankenship, 44, of Mabank, Texas, was charged with theft of more than $1,500.

Boyfriend assaults woman, breaks cell phone
A 25-year-old man now in custody broke a woman’s cell phone in two pieces to prevent her from calling police after attacking her, according to Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson.
Hopson said on Christmas day at 6:04 p.m. officer Justyn Wilder was dispatched to S. Smith Street in reference to the assault that had taken place. Wilder arrived to find a female subject crying and when he asked the woman and a male subject also at the residence if there was a problem he was told yes from the woman but no from the man. Hopson said as Wilder tried to speak with the woman the man kept interfering.
When Wilder asked if the man had hit her, causing redness and swelling on the woman’s face, she nodded. The woman then told police the suspect was drinking and had become jealous and angry, causing him to hit her. When she tried to call police the suspect then broke the phone so she would not receive help.
The suspect was taken into custody and transported to Ennis police department without further incident.
Jorge Mijares, 25, of Ennis was charged with assault with bodily injury and interfering with an emergency call.

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