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Blotter: Man arrested after threatening residents with shotgun

A 30-year-old man was arrested Sunday after a drunken altercation involving a shotgun at a home in the 1200 block of Paco Trail, according to police. 

Jose Cruz DiazDenton Police Department
Jose Cruz Diaz
Denton Police Department

Jose Cruz Diaz, 30, was taken to Denton City Jail on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at $20,000. 

Witnesses said Diaz, one of three residents in the home, had been playing cards in the kitchen with another resident's boyfriend. 

The resident's boyfriend said they were drinking beer and tequila, and "Jose had too much," according to the affidavit. 

Diaz later started talking about a gun and wanted to show it to the resident's boyfriend, police said. The man declined the offer, but police said Diaz went outside and grabbed a black shotgun from behind the house anyway. 

Diaz started waving the gun, and the resident's boyfriend and another resident attempted to intervene, police said. At that point, Diaz became angry, started yelling and tried to provoke a fight, the affidavit said. He took off his shirt at one point, police said. 

The boyfriend and resident didn't know whether the gun was loaded at the time. They told police that Diaz threw the gun into a neighbor's yard when they tried to take it from him. The gun, however, bounced of the neighbor's tree and back into the suspect's yard, the affidavit said. 

The residents eventually took the gun away and realized it wasn't loaded. Police said in the affidavit that Diaz was intoxicated to the point that he couldn't stand without assistance.

Diaz had been living in the house for two weeks before his arrest, witnesses said. 

Jury selected in Bonilla manslaughter trial 

A jury of four men and nine women were selected Monday during Luis Bonilla's manslaughter trial.

Opening statements are set to begin at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The jury includes one alternate. 

Bonilla, 37, is accused of starting a multi-car crash on Feb. 6, 2016, while driving his Ford F-350 on East University Drive near Mayhill Road. According to a Denton police arrest affidavit, he struck a Nissan minivan while traveling between 65 and 70 mph, resulting in the deaths of 8-year-old Edgar De Luna and 11-year-old Lesly De Luna, both from Whitesboro. Another minivan passenger, a 4-year-old boy, was severely injured in the wreck.

Bonilla faces two counts of manslaughter and a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. 

Other reports 

200 block of South Bonnie Brae Street — Denton police are investigating a disturbance that resulted in a car accident Saturday at the University Courtyard Apartments.  

The victim, a 20-year-old woman, first reported the incident at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday. She said her vehicle had been struck by another vehicle in the parking lot. But the other vehicle's owner said a local wrecker had been trying to tow it at the time. 

 The wrecker company, which was not identified in the police report, unhooked the vehicle "after a short disturbance," and it rolled into the victim's vehicle, the police report said. 

400 block of South Carroll Boulevard — Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly threatened a 39-year-old man with a knife at a local convenience store, according to a police report. 

The victim said the suspect tried to assault him with a pocket knife, but he was able to avoid the assault. He said the suspect then threw rocks at his vehicle, damaging both driver's-side doors. 

Police said the suspect was picked up in a stolen vehicle. The victim identified the suspect through an acquaintance, but no arrests were made at the time of the report. 


From 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 2,274 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 120 people were booked into Denton County Jail. 

Denton police handled 415 calls for service and made 33 arrests. 

Denton firefighters handled 52 medical calls, five vehicles crashes and one natural vegetation fire.