Member of El Paso City Plan Commission arrested

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A member of the El Paso City Plan Commission is facing charges following a violent exchange with his ex-girlfriend, according to police records.

The documents reveal that Samuel McConnell Trimble, 35, was arrested last month in connection with the incident.

Trimble was appointed to the City Plan Commission by District 3 Representative Cassandra Hernandez. The City of El Paso directed all questions to her on Friday but KTSM was unable to reach Hernandez by phone or by text.

Trimble, a well-established local Realtor, is also a sitting member of the El Paso Central Appraisal District board. 

According to court documents obtained by KTSM, police responded to a suicide call at a home located in the 6400 block of Cadiz on March 22. 

When officers arrived, Trimble reportedly barricaded himself inside before stepping outside with his hands in the air, a complaint affidavit states. He was then taken into custody.

When investigators asked what happened, Trimble replied, “Nothing,” and chose not to provide a statement.

According to documents, Trimble’s ex-girlfriend had broken up with him the previous night and came over to check on him because he seemed depressed.

She claimed he kept calling and texting her about fixing their relationship, prompting her to check on him a second time that afternoon.

The complaint affidavit states the woman told Trimble that she no longer wanted to be with him and that is when he allegedly asked, “How about we do this?” and pulled out a handgun and pointed it to his head.

According to documents, the woman talked to him for about an hour to try to prevent him from harming himself. 

She later walked out of the home and got into her car before Trimble reportedly came over and asked her not to leave.

A witness, Trimble’s aunt, told investigators he began yelling at his ex-girlfriend and said, “Get out of the car.”

“Leave it alone, Sam, and go back inside,” she reportedly replied.

Trimble’s aunt said he then hit the driver’s side windows with his elbow, causing it to shatter, documents state.

The ex-girlfriend said Trimble also punched and shattered the car’s mirror before reaching inside, taking the keys out of the ignition, and throwing them onto the ground.

According to the affidavit, Trimble and the woman walked back inside the home when, according to his aunt, he allegedly grabbed the handgun and repeatedly fired at the back door.

Documents state the woman said she was “terrified” and tried to call 911, but Trimble allegedly prevented her from doing so.

She told investigators she called the police once she was able to drive away.

Trimble is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal mischief, discharge of a firearm, and interfering with emergency response.

According to court records, he was booked into the El Paso County Jail and was released later that day after posting the $85,000 bond.

KTSM spoke with Trimble’s attorney Justin Underwood who said his client maintains his innocence. 

Underwood also said he is in possession of evidence including messages and videos that he believes will help Trimble’s case. The attorney would not elaborate further he said out of respect for Trimble and the ex-girlfriend.

“These two people involved, it’s a private deal,” Underwood told KTSM. “I know both these people still care about each other. They’re going through a lot of hurt right now.”

This story was updated from a previous version to include comment from Trimble’s attorney.

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