Nueces County Sheriff’s Department suspends deputy accused in apartment shooting

Posted at 4:14 PM, Jul 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 17:14:38-04

The Nueces County Sheriff’s Department has suspended a deputy who was accused of discharging his weapon in an apartment. 

The incident happened July 4 at the Icon Apartments on the 6900 block of Saratoga Boulevard. 

According to police, deputy Ian Rosales and his wife were arguing in an apartment. When Rosales walked away, the wife told police she heard a gunshot. Police found a weapon in the residence and arrested Rosales for discharging a firearm in certain municipalities, a Class A misdemeanor.

No one was injured, according to police. 

Nueces County Sheriff’s Department’s Assistant Chief Daniel Perez confirmed that Rosales is a detective in the department’s Criminal Investigations Department. Perez said Rosales has been with the department for at least four years and in C.I.D. for just a few months.

Chief Perez said Rosales was suspended but could not say whether it was with or without pay. "Just suspended. That’s the information I was given. It’s pending the outcome of the investigation," Chief Perez said.

He also did not know if the gun that was fired in the July 4 incident was issued by the Nueces County Sheriff’s Department. 

This is Rosales’ second arrest in four years. He was arrested in December 2014 on a DWI charge. According to his arrest affidavit, Rosales called a fellow deputy at the McKenzie Jail Annex. Rosales reportedly said he was drunk and wanted an escort home, so he wouldn’t be pulled over. The deputy Rosales called stepped out into the parking lot and spotted Rosales driving erratically. He asked Rosales to step out of the car but Rosales refused. He then tried to drive away. According to the arrest affidavit, Rosales then crashed into a wooden fence and was eventually pulled out of his car by the other deputy. Moments later, he was arrested.

The DWI charge was dismissed in October 2017 after he took part in a Pretrial Diversion Program.