Valle Grande Mexican Grill to hold benefit for wounded Selma Police Department officer

Published 3:28 pm Friday, October 5, 2018

The Valle Grande Mexican Grill will hold a charity event for Selma Police Department (SPD) officer Micah Hale on Sunday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at its restaurant, located on 5518 AL-22.

All proceeds will benefit Hale, who was wounded but survived the ambush-style shooting on Sept. 23. Hale is currently at home recovering. The benefit will help pay Hale’s medical bills while he’s on sick leave.

The idea of having a benefit came from Dallas County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ronnie Terry. Hale and Terry used to work the night shift at the SPD.

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“Officer Hale’s a gentle giant, he’s kind and nice,” Terry said.

Terry asked Valle Grande Mexican Grill owner Miguel Sanchez about hosting the event. After Sanchez agreed, Terry asked Homestead Hospice for assistance. The Hospice’s nurses will serve as waitresses and tips they earn will go to Hale.

Paula Stover, who works at the restaurant, said the feedback has been positive for the event.

“We are usually closed on Sunday,” Stover said. “We are hoping for a big turnout to support our local police officers. People are very excited to support our officers. We appreciate them putting their lives on the line to protect us.”

Two suspects–Octavius Brown and Kevin Johnson– were recently arrested for their involvement in the shooting. They were charged with attempted murder, discharging a gun into an occupied vehicle and discharging a gun into an occupied dwelling. The investigation is still ongoing. Their preliminary hearing will be held on Nov. 6 at 1:30 p.m.