Man who allegedly harbored Aguilar out on $20,000 bond

Mark Tuley, 58, arrested and released Sunday after shooting

Mark Evan Tuley, 58, of Center, who was arrested and charged with Hindering Apprehension/Prosecution (F-3) in connection a manhunt which lasted several days for  Antonio Aguilar has been released from Shelby County Jail, according to sheriff's officials.

Tuley posted a $20,000 bond and was released Sunday, the same day he was arrested, according to Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

Aguilar had been the subject of a regional manhunt since Nov. 28 when he fled Department of Public Safety troopers after ramming a DPS vehicle and shooting at a trooper. He was sought on a felony warrant for attempted capital murder.

Center Police Department officers received a tip from a confidential source about 4 p.m. Saturday that Aguilar was at a Center residence.

Officials last week had issued a warrant for Aguilar with a $5 million bond. Aguilar was shot to death about 3:45 a.m. Sunday after he exited a Center residence armed with a rifle and firing at law officers from several departments, according to Texas Department of Public Safety.

DPS said Tuley allegedly had been harboring Aguilar at a residence in Center. The trailer where Aguilar had been hiding was at 1313 Louisiana Street, or Texas Highway 7, on the grounds of Melton's Car Lot.

At approximately 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, the Center Police Department received a tip from a confidential source that Aguilar was at a private residence in the city, DPS said Sunday in a press release.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene and negotiated with Aguilar for several hours. DPS said at approximately 3:45 a.m. Sunday morning, Aguilar exited the residence with a rifle and fired at law enforcement officials.
“Law enforcement returned fire, fatally wounding Aguilar,” DPS said in a statement.
Tuley was arrested by Texas Rangers for harboring a fugitive, a felony offense. He was transported to the Shelby County jail. No law enforcement officers were injured during this incident.
This investigation is ongoing and no further details are available for release at this time, DPS said.

Last Friday when Aguilar had not been located, he was placed on the state's Top 10 Most Wanted list with a $7,500 reward offered for information.

At the time DPS said Aguilar was a violent fugitive with ties to Shelby County, including the cities of Center and Joaquin.

Officials said Aguilar’s criminal history included aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a firearm by felon, burglary of a habitation, deadly conduct, evading arrest/detention, obstruction or retaliation, manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and driving while intoxicated.

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