Dwight Schlegel, 16, was indicted on March 29 for two counts by a Jefferson

County Grand Jury in the shooting of Orange County Deputy Fred Ashworth.


was indicted for alleged capital murder and also for shooting Ashworth, 45,

with a firearm, according to the indictment.


to a prior The Record article, Ashworth was shot in the chest twice on January

26 and is back on the job.

He was shot

at the Minnie Rogers Juvenile Justice Center on Highway 69 in Beaumont at the

sally port of the facility by a juvenile suspect he was transporting from

Orange County.


took off his firearm to enter a secure area. Schlegel allegedly was secured in

the back seat of the patrol vehicle and somehow managed to reach the firearm in

the front portion of the vehicle.

A news

release from the JCSO the day after the shooting read:


from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Beaumont PD immediately

responded. Upon the arrival, the deputy was barricaded in the sally port with

the suspect. The suspect dropped the weapon just prior to officers making

contact with him at the sally port. The suspect was taken into custody without

further incident.


paramedics with the JCSO and Beaumont EMS treated the officer on-scene. The

officer was transported to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital.

The deputy

was shot twice in the upper torso with his .40 caliber service weapon.


investigation is continuing on how the shooting occurred.


has 20 years of experience and is currently assigned to the prisoner transport


He was

originally in custody for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading

arrest/ detention. The suspect was transported back to Minnie Rogers Juvenile

Justice Center following a court hearing in Orange County.

The Minnie

Rogers Juvenile Justice Center houses juvenile arrestees for Orange County

under a contract. He has been charged with attempted capital murder of a peace