Bloomington man pleads guilty to assaulting a federal marshal in February

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Jose Luis Vasquez Jr. pleaded guilty and admitted to assaulting a federal marshal back in February.

BLOOMINGTON, Texas- A 20-year-old man from Bloomington pleads guilty and admitted to assaulting a federal marshal in February, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

25 News Now first reported on the shooting of a then 19-year-old Jose Luis Vasquez Jr. in Bloomington.

Vasquez first appeared in federal court in Corpus Christi on Tuesday, February 9, according to a release by the United States Department of Justice.

The news release confirmed Vasquez had been charged with assault on a federal officer and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

“On Feb. 3, Vasquez assaulted a U.S. deputy marshal as she and the other members of the Violent Crimes Fugitive Task Force attempted to arrest him,” according to the news release. “The marshal had to shield herself behind a truck for protection as Vasquez fired his weapon numerous times, striking the door of the vehicle.”

The Victoria County Sheriff’s Officers confirmed officers arrived at a residence that day in the 76 block of East Hatchett to serve felony arrest warrants on Vasquez.

The warrants were served for Manufacture/ Delivery of a Controlled Substance and two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, the Sheriff’s Office said.

As officers arrived to the residence, Vasquez fired a weapon at police multiple times.

“Vasquez shouted “I’m not going back” as he fired a Smith and Wesson M7P40, .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol at authorities,” according to the news release. “The weapon’s magazine held at least 20 rounds of ammunition.”

Senior U.S. District Judge John D. Rainey accepted the plea and has set sentencing for Sept. 7. At that time, Vasquez faces a sentence up to 20 years for the assault as well as a minimum of 10 years for the firearms conviction which must be served consecutively to the other sentence imposed.

He has been and will remain in custody pending sentencing.