Investigation continues into shooting of Potter County JP

Investigation continues into shooting of Potter County JP

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - As the investigation continues into the aggravated assault of a Potter County Justice of the Peace, Amarillo Police offer more details on the case.

Amarillo Police received word from an out-of-state caller claiming Potter County Justice of the Peace Richard Herman was sharing these photos of himself on social media, indicating he had been shot over the weekend and was self-treating the wound. That's when they began investigating and reached out to Herman directly.

"His information was that he was walking in an area that we believe to be 6th and Louisiana, based on the description of the businesses, when he saw 2 people assaulting a 3rd person," says APD Sgt. Brent Barbee.

Herman told officers he stopped to intervene when he was shot in the shoulder, and he says the three men fled.

"He said that he didn't get a look at the men, he didn't describe them, wasn't able to describe them at that time," says Barbee.

And Herman also did not choose to file a police report. Per a Texas Penal Code, you are required to report a felony crime if you have knowledge of it.

"As to whether or not this fits that, would be a decision for prosecutors who prosecute that type of thing. And I'm certain that their decision about whether or not it was appropriate to report it or legally necessary to report it would depend on the aggravated assault investigation."

...And that investigation continues.

We reached out to Herman for comment on the incident, but have yet to hear back. He is expected to make a full recovery.

If you have any information on the case, contact Crime Stoppers at 374-4400.

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