Suspect in Waco shoot-out revealed to be retired detective as it emerges bikers are likely to escape death penalty charges because county can’t afford to prosecute them

A tow truck driver prepares to leave with motorcycles from the Twin Peaks restaurant.

A suspect in the deadly shootout featuring two biker gangs in Waco over the weekend is a retired San Antonio Police Department detective.

Martin Lewis served 32 years before he retired in February 2004, said the department in a statement released Tuesday night. No further information was made available.

Lewis is one of 170 people booked on charges connected to the shoot-out in the parking lot of a Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco during which nine people were killed and 18 injured.

Bond was set at $1 million each for the suspects – believed to be from as many as five different biker gangs – who have all been charged with engaging in organized crime.

The scale of the incident is likely to overwhelm McLennan County District Attorney Abelino Reyna and his team of about a dozen felony prosecutors, predict legal experts…

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