The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Tioga man early Wednesday morning and charged him with murder in the shooting death of his wife in the family’s home overnight.
Lt. Heath Wester said GCSO deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 3600 block of Airport Road in Tioga after receiving a 911 call reporting a kidnapping at the location. Sebastian Roman, 42, was taken into custody for the alleged murder of his wife Maria Ortiz, 46.
“Grayson County deputies arrived to find a deceased female in the residence with an apparent gunshot wound,” Wester said at a press conference Wednesday. “Investigators from the sheriff’s office arrived on scene soon thereafter to start their investigation.”
Wester said investigators determined no kidnapping occurred at the scene, as previously reported, but were still working Wednesday to determine what led up to the fatal confrontation. The GCSO lieutenant said four other family members were home at the time of the incident, including a teenager and three young adults. Wester said several of the family members were brought to the sheriff’s office for questioning where they told investigators that law enforcement had previously responded to the residence on multiple occasions.
“During the interviews, the investigators gathered enough information that led to them to the arrest of one Sebastian Roman on the investigative charge of murder,” Wester said.
Ortiz’s body was transported to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office, where Wester said an autopsy would be conducted and the results obtained in the coming weeks. Citing the ongoing investigation, Wester said he could not discuss the victim’s injuries or the type of firearm used.
Ramon was booked into the Grayson County Jail Wednesday morning where he remains on a $500,000 bond. It was unclear whether Roman had obtained an attorney to represent him. Wester said the case would be turned over to the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office, once the investigation has been completed.
“Investigators are continuing to process the crime scene to gather more information and will talk to more witnesses,” Wester said.