Phillip Shepeard




A Santa Fe-area landlord was arrested early Tuesday after being accused of shooting a tenant during a confrontation about a lack of running water, Sheriff Henry Trochesset said.

Phillip Shepeard, 62, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and is being held in the Galveston County Jail on a $150,000 bond, jail officials said.

The tenant who was shot, Ernesto Maldonaldo, 54, was in fair medical condition at the University of Texas Medical Branch. Fair condition means his vital signs were within normal limits, hospital officials said.

Deputies responded 11 p.m. Monday to a single gunshot near 33rd Street and Avenue E in an unincorporated area of Santa Fe, Trochesset said.

A deputy heard noises coming from behind the property and found a man, later identified as Shepeard, Trochesset said. The deputy asked Shepeard several times whether he was aware of a disturbance.

Shepeard told the deputy that Maldonaldo had walked to Shepeard’s residence and was mad about not having running water to his house, Trochesset said.

Shepeard said Maldonaldo tried to hit him, and both of the men fell to ground and that Maldonaldo had hit his head on something and began bleeding, Trochesset said.

The deputy then went to Maldonaldo’s residence, where he found Maldonaldo bleeding on the ground and a woman screaming that the landlord killed her husband, Trochesset said.

Maldonaldo had a single gunshot wound to his left shoulder, Trochesset said.

Shepeard was arrested Tuesday morning and booked into the Galveston County Jail, Trochesset said.

Samantha Ketterer: 409-683-5241; or on Twitter at @sam_kett


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