Asa Nixon
Asa Nixon

Asa Nixon, 38, of San Angelo, was shot and killed shortly after midnight on January 1, 2021, at a hunting cabin near Dove Creek in Tom Green County.

Nixon, a 2000 graduate of Eldorado High School, was involved in an altercation at a residence in the 11000 block of FM 2335 prior to the shooting, according to a statement issued by the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff’s deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers responded to a 9-1-1 call from the cabin at approximately 12:30 a.m. Upon their arrival, the officers found Nixon’s body. He was the victim of an apparent gunshot wound.

As officers investigated the shooting, they learned that Nixon and several other people had gathered at the hunting cabin to celebrate the New Year.

During the course of the night, several subjects, including Nixon, took part in a good-natured snowball fight which escalated into a verbal disagreement, according to the statement. When the disagreement became physical, Nixon and an unnamed individual were separated by others in attendance and Nixon reportedly left the scene and traveled to a nearby residence.

The statement notes that individuals at the cabin later heard Nixon returning to the scene where they said he acted in a threatening manner. That prompted them to enter the cabin and secure the door with a dead bolt lock, before calling 9-1-1.

Nixon reportedly forced his way into the cabin and began walking toward the individuals, who retreated into a bathroom. The statement indicates that an unnamed individual inside the bathroom fired a single shot, causing Nixon’s fatal injury.

Justice of the Peace Susan Werner pronounced Nixon dead at the scene.

The case remains open and is under investigation by the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Department.

Asa Nixon was the son of Gene and Rachael Nixon, formerly of Eldorado and presently of Marfa, Texas. He was owner and operator of Desert Mountain Guide Service in San Angelo.