Bus driver charged with attempted murder

Posted on April 28, 2004
ROCKPORT, Texas — A bus driver for the Aransas County Independent School District was charged with attempted murder following the shooting of two transportation department employees.

Billy Pash, 53, allegedly shot the district’s transportation supervisor and transportation coordinator with a handgun Monday. Pash had been suspended from his job earlier in the day, though district officials did not reveal why.

An armed standoff with police after the shooting reportedly ended with a friend of Pash talking him out of it. Pash was arrested and incarcerated, with bond set at $500,000.

Both of the victims were transported to a local hospital, where they were listed in stable condition Tuesday.

Pash, a decorated Vietnam veteran, had reportedly been treated for post-traumatic stress syndrome and had recently been prescribed medication. Many who worked with him, including the district superintendent, expressed shock from the incident and described Pash as an affable man who was great with children.

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