UPDATE: Summerville gets 2 life sentences in Smith Co. deputy shooting

Monday, February 13, 2012 - 3:29pm

TYLER — 27-year-old Christopher Martin Summerville, accused of shooting Smith County Deputy Josh Caulkins, entered a guilty plea in court Monday afternoon.

Summerville was charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant.

Judge Jack Skeen of the 241st District Court sentenced Summerville to two life sentences.



The man accused of shooting a Smith County Sheriff's deputy in March, has been indicted on additional charges.

According to Smith County jail records, 27-year-old Christopher Martin Summerville was indicted on October 14, 2011 for aggravated robbery, which is a first degree felony.

He was also indicted for failure to register as a sex offender.

In March 2011, Smith County Sheriff's deputies and U.S. Marshalls served a warrant on then 26 year old Summerville at The Arbors apartments on Chimney Rock in Tyler for failing to register as a sex offender.

When officials attempted to enter the apartment, Summerville allegedly shot Smith County Deputy Josh Caulkins in the chest. Luckily, Caulkins was saved by his bulletproof vest.

After the shooting, Summerville was taken to a local hospital for a meth overdose. Officials believed at the time that Summerville injected himself with the drug just before they arrived at his apartment complex.

At the time of the shooting, Summerville was not charged with the assault, but in April, Tyler Police investigators secured the evidence to arrest him for Aggravated Assault of a Peace Officer, which is a first degree felony. Summerville was also charged with Manufacture and Delivery of a Controlled Substance and Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, both first degree felonies.

Two other people, Kara Hanley and Jeffery Andrysiak, who were in the apartment at the time of the shooting, were also charged for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity

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