ALAMO, Texas – A suspect who shot at officers is sitting behind bars facing multiple charges. Alamo Police say an armed suspect entered an El Tigre convenience store on Sunday night with a loaded gun, leading to an officer-involved shooting.
Rogelio Alaniz, interim police chief, “Three of my officers showed up. Upon their arrival they encountered the male subject and started giving him verbal commands. He then proceeded to run on foot.”
According to police, 35-year-old Arturo “Fred” Garza from the Houston area went into the store telling the clerk he had a gun. Police responded to the store located on Alamo Road and FM 495 at approximately 8:00 p.m. It was when officers attempted to make contact that Garza took off leading officers on a foot chase. Authorities say the man shot at two officers who then shot back. It wasn’t until a Hidalgo County deputy who was in the area engaged with Garza, also exchanging fire. Garza later surrendered, it was then when police found four loaded weapons in his backpack.
Garza was arraigned on four counts of criminal attempt capital murder and one count of evading arrest. His bond is set at $330,000.