Bond set for second suspect in Officer Hale shooting

Published 4:45 pm Monday, October 1, 2018

A second bond hearing was set for the second suspect that shot Selma Police Department officer Micah Hale Monday in the Dallas County Courthouse.

Dallas County District Court Judge Bob Armstrong announced Monday that bond was set at $5 million for Octavius Brown, 31, and charging him with attempted murder, discharging a gun into an occupied vehicle and discharging a gun into an occupied dwelling.

The other suspect involved in the shooting, Kevin Johnson, was arrested last week and his bond was also set at $5 million.

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Hale was wounded but survived the ambush-style shooting on Sept. 23. Hale was on patrol when someone shot into his patrol car using a high-powered rifle. Witnesses told the Selma Police Department that Brown and Johnson were both inside the vehicle that shot Hale and law enforcement has a matching video. The investigation is still ongoing.

Armstrong said he set the bail high in the case because the suspect allegedly shot a law enforcement officer.

“I’ll be fair to the court and the community,” Armstrong said. “He’s a danger to the community,”

Brown, whose nickname is “Tae Tae,” is a convicted sex offender. He was also previously charged with attempted murder, second-degree assault and discharging a firearm into an occupied vehicle on April 25, 2017 for allegedly shooting another man outside of a downtown nightclub earlier that month.

A preliminary hearing for Brown will be held on Nov. 6 at 1:30 p.m., the same day as Johnson’s hearing.