Teen indicted for shooting of OC deputy
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
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.
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
paramedics with the JCSO and Beaumont EMS treated the officer on-scene. The
officer was transported to Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital.
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
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.
Rogers Juvenile Justice Center houses juvenile arrestees for Orange County
under a contract. He has been charged with attempted capital murder of a peace