San Benito Police Chief Mario Perea said the suspect in the high-speed chase shooting has been identified as 33-year-old Andres Escobedo.
The chief said Escobedo has a history with guns.
The events that transpired Wednesday began when Escobedo went to his brother-in-law’s workplace asking to speak to him. Police said he was acting odd and employers noticed Escobedo had a rifle in the car, so they called police.
Escobedo then got in his car and sped off, police said.
Police then received a call from the 300 block of N. Crockett, after he fired rounds in the air at 3:50 p.m.
San Benito CISD police approached Escobedo, who was driving a black SUV, and were led on a chase through the city. Police disengaged after Escobedo was out of the city limits and into Harlingen.
At that time, the Texas Department of Public Safety took over the chase along with Harlingen PD and the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department. On Lincoln and Frontage Rd., Escobedo crashed into a DPS unit but kept driving, police said.
He was stopped on Ebony and Fred Leal Drive in rural San Benito where he ran out of the car and fired more rounds at law enforcement. Police say Escobedo then ran under a house to hide from authorities.
However, the homeowner called police to report someone was under their home and Escobedo was apprehended shorty after.
Multiple weapons and ammunition were recovered during the investigation, according to the authorities.
This case is under investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies.
Escobedo was charged by the San Benito Police Department with unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third-degree felony. No bond was given.
He was then transported to the Carrizales-Rucker Detention Center.