Kingsville police have issued several warrants for the arrest of 36-year old Omar Pinon, who is now recovering in the hospital for a leg fracture suffered Tuesday night while leading police on a short chase.
According to police, it was just after 9 p.m. Tuesday when officers were investigating a reported theft at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in the 1100 block of E. General Cavazos Boulevard. While officers looked for the suspect, a store customer noticed Pinon burglarizing his vehicle in the parking lot. The customer flagged down a Kingsville Police officer, who approached the Pinon.
A struggle ensued as the police officer tried to get the Pinon out of the customer's vehicle. Pinon got out and ran to his own vehicle, trying to start its engine while continuing to struggle with the police officer. Once the engine was started, Pinon drove off with the officer halfway inside his vehicle. The officer fired a shot into the car as he fell.
Pinon left the parking lot, jumping a curb onto General Cavazos Boulevard. Responding officers quickly gave chase until the suspect crashed a curve on General Cavazos Boulevard and Franklin Adams. There, Pinon was detained and transported to a local hospital.
Pinon was transferred to a hospital in Corpus Christi to receive treatment for a leg fracture that he sustained in the crash. Meanwhile, the Kingsville Police Department obtained several warrants for his arrest and plan to take him into custody upon his release.
Kingsville police say Pinon has an extensive criminal history with arrests in Harlingen and the Houston area.
As for the police officer that struggled with Pinon, he is said to be okay and has been placed on desk duty, which is normal protocol in similar cases.