SAN ANGELO- A San Angelo man has been indicted by a Tom Green County grand jury for manslaughter after a man he allegedly shot in the back later died of his injuries.
According to court documents, on February 21, 2022, San Angelo police officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of North Magdalen Street regarding a shooting victim call. Once officers were on scene, they learned that the victim, identified as Andy Hinojos, had been shot in the back and transported to the Shannon Emergency Room.
At the hospital, officers learned that Hinojos had suffered a single gunshot wound to his lower back and was being rushed into surgery.
The defendant, identified as Mason Fulton, was interviewed by a different officer and said he believed the gun was not loaded but did allegedly admit to the shooting.
Investigators interviewed a witness who stated Fulton did recklessly shoot Hinojos. Other witnesses were interviewed who corroborated that Fulton shot Hinojos.
Hinojos required emergency medical treatment and Fulton was arrested and, at the time, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was released the next day on February 22 on $25,000 bond.
Hinojos later died of his wound on March 14, 2022, and Fulton's charge was upgraded manslaughter. Manslaughter is a second-degree felony in the state of Texas which carries a punishment of 2 to 20 years in prison.