Suspect in Santa Fe High School shooting indicted on capital murder, officer assault charges

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SANTA FE, Texas — Dimitrios Pagourtzis was indicted Wednesday nearly four month after the violent shooting at Santa Fe High School that left 10 people dead and 13  others injured, including a school district police officer.

Pagourtzis, 17, is charged with capital murder and assault of a peace officer following the tragic incident on May 18.

Dimitrios Pagourtzis (May 2018)

"I feel sad for the boy, he's young— I mean, his whole life is ruined," Santa Fe resident Mettra  Prouty expressed. "But it's the consequences of his actions, so you have to suffer the consequences for what you do."

Pagourtzis' latest mugshot shows the accused shooter has shaved his head while waiting for his trial.

It remains unclear when the case could go to trial, but as the discovery process continues, the defense indicates they will be looking at and considering a change of venue for the high-profile trial.

As for the potential for a plea deal in the emotionally-charged case, defense attorney Nicholas Poehl stated there's "just too many moving parts right now to say whether that's a possibility for either side or not."

Community continues to recover after Santa Fe shooting

First, students reported hearing gunshots and then a fire alarm sounding moments before 8 a.m. Many reported seeing Pagourtzis wearing a trench coat, a t-shirt with "Born to Kill" written on it and army boots.

Pagourtzis is accused of murdering nine students and a substitute teacher, Cynthia Tisdale.

Among the students who lost their lives were Jared Black, Shana Fisher, Christian Riley Garcia, Aaron Kyle McLeod, Glenda Ann Perkins, Angelique Ramirez, Christopher Stone, Kimberly Vaughan and foreign exchange student Sabika Sheikh.

Officer John Barnes, a former Houston police officer currently serving as a Santa Fe ISD officer, was shot in the upper torso near his arm and was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition. He has since been released and is on his way to recovery.

In response, Texans across the state — Houstonians included — have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of Santa Fe and the victim's families.

Many have speculated about the suspect's possible motive— pointing to bullying, a poor upbringing and psychological issues. However, one fact remains clear: the Santa Fe community refuses to let its spirit be broken by the horrendous tragedy.

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