Judge Raises Bail for Suspect in Shooting of Texas Deputy after Backlash

Nov. 29, 2023
Before officials spoke out, bail had originally been set at $100,000 for a man accused of shooting and wounding a Tarrant County sheriff's deputy who was working security at a Fort Worth credit union.

After backlash from Tarrant County officials and others, the bail for Leland Williams, arrested Monday in the shooting of an off-duty sheriff’s deputy, has been raised to $1 million.

Williams originally had his bail set at $100,000. He’s accused of shooting 35-year-old Brent Brown while Brown worked security Monday at the Fort Worth Community Credit Union on Brentwood Stair Road.

Williams fled and barricaded himself inside a nearby home, officials say, before he was arrested and charged with attempted capital murder of a peace officer or fireman. Brown, a 12-year deputy, is recovering, according to earlier statements from Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn.

Several Tarrant County officials criticized Williams’ bail amount, with County Judge Tim O’Hare calling it “outrageous and unacceptable” in a Tuesday morning post on X. O’Hare was elected in 2022 and has previously served as the mayor of Farmers Branch from 2008-11.

District Attorney Phil Sorrells released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying he had requested that the judge raise Williams’ bail to $500,000. Public records show that District Judge Ryan Hill raised Williams’ bail just before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Hill did not immediately respond to request for comment.

“We are going to do everything we can to protect those who protect us,” Sorrells said in the release. “I am going to make sure that, like Officer Brown, we go the extra mile in seeking justice.”

The Fort Worth Police Officer’s Association, the union representing Fort Worth police officers, also posted criticisms of the initial bail amount, adding, “Minimal bonds jeopardize the safety of our communities!”

Manny Ramirez, commissioner of Tarrant County Precinct 4 and former president of the Fort Worth Police Officer’s Association, wrote Tuesday morning, “100k bond for Attempted Capital Murder of a Police Officer? We have a @tarrantcountyso deputy shot twice and in the hospital and the criminal will only need $10,000 to get out of jail? Absolutely Ridiculous. There should be No Bond for this felon.”

Texas law allows those charged with crimes to use third-party bail bondsmen to post bail. Bail bondsmen generally charge a nonrefundable fee of 10% of the total bail amount.

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