Judge orders mental health evaluation for Texas woman charged in shooting

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Posted: Friday, July 19, 2019 6:37 am

An Austin, Texas woman has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault in connection with a shooting incident last month in Portland.

Sadie Rix made her first appearance in Traill County District Court in Hillsboro on Wednesday following her arrest June 28.

Traill County State’s Attorney Charlie Stock charged Rix with two Class A felony counts of attempted murder and two Class C felony counts of aggravated assault.

During court proceedings Wednesday, District Judge Susan Bailey ordered Rix to undergo a mental health evaluation at the North Dakota State Hospital.

Bailey did not set bail in the case and Rix initially applied for a public defender.

However, after courtroom discussions revealed $79,000 had been recovered in her vehicle after her arrest, Stock requested that Rix fill out a new application for an attorney.

Traill County authorities responded to a report of gunshots along Seventh Street in Portland shortly after 9:30 p.m. June 28.

Officers at the scene found two males, ages 42 and 43, suffering from gunshot wounds.

According to court documents filed in the case Wednesday:

One of the gunshot victims told a special agent with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation that Rix believed she was being stalked and had become paranoid.

The victim said Rix had given him an ultimatum to stay with her or leave with the other man.

The victim informed Rix that he preferred to stay in Portland and attempted to provide her with directions to her father’s residence in Eugene, Ore.

Rix became frustrated and slammed the door to her van. She later opened the door and produced a .38-caliber handgun with a laser sight, court documents said.

The victim said Rix shot the other man and as the victime was running away, Rix fired and struck him.

Both victims were treated for their wounds and released.

The next appearance for Rix in Traill County District Court is scheduled July 31.

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