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John File 

Hays County Sheriff’s Office deputy fatally shoots suspect in Dripping Springs

Saturday, November 5, 2022

A Hays County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and killed a suspect in Dripping Springs after he allegedly rushed deputies with a knife. 

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office stated John File, 28, was killed after deputies responded to the Belterra Subdivision in Dripping Springs on Saturday morning. 

Deputies responded to the 1300 block of Trinity Hills regarding a disturbance between a man and a wrecker driver. Deputies later responded to the 100 block of Victoria Court for a follow-up investigation related to the disturbance. 

Deputies arrived at a residence on Victoria Court, where File exited the residence armed with a knife, HCSO said. Officials stated that File rushed the deputies and one deputy fired several rounds, striking File and a 78-year-old at the residence. 

The 78-year-old woman sustained a gunshot wound to her arm. Both were transported to a local hospital, HCSO said. File was pronounced dead at a hospital at 1:58 a.m. The female is being treated for injuries. 

The Texas Rangers were called to the scene to assist as per Hays County Sheriff’s Office policy. 

The investigation into Saturday’s incident is ongoing and further details are not available at this time. 

The sheriff’s office asks anyone with information regarding the investigation to contact Detective Brian Wahlert with the Hays County Sheriff’s Office at 512-393-7896 or and refer to case number HCSO 2022-61347. You can also contact Crime Stoppers anonymously by calling 1-800- 324-8466 or you can submit your information on-line to Tip Line as well as submit a tip on the new Hays County Sheriff’s Office App.

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