Suspect Shot by Police Officers Following Car Chase to Portland

Officers were forced to open fire Monday afternoon on a wanted man who lead them on a high-speed chase from Corpus Christi to the Portland area.

The suspect had allegedly stolen two vehicles and shot up a local motel before the chase began, and once his vehicle was stopped, police say he opened fire on the officers as well.

Cell phone video taken by 3News viewer Nathan Gillis showed the chase shortly before it came to an end on Highway 181 in Portland, where the suspect was shot multiple times by police.

According to officers, it all began at the Bay Vista Apartments on the 500 block of Hancock, where the 30-year old suspect allegedly stole a white truck. His crime spree didn't stop there. The suspect drove to the Travel Inn on North Beach, where he ditched the truck and shot up the motel while stealing another vehicle.

Nearby construction workers described the suspect as being desperate.

"We heard two shots come from that direction," Michael Rodriguez said. "We were like, 'He probably just wanted to steal another car, and fired two shots so they could give him the keys."

The construction workers said they watched as the man jumped out of the truck holding a silver gun as he ran toward the motel to find a new car to swipe. They also heard several shots as the suspect allegedly opened fire on bystanders. Those bystanders say they were lucky to be alive.

The suspect then jumped into a red Nissan and drove away.

Nathan Gillis, who saw the chase and shot video of it with his cell phone, described the scene.

"It was pretty crazy," Gillis said. "I didn't know what to think at first. Didn't really register when I saw the car, but then I saw the police cars, I kind of figured out what happened."

The chase came to an end along the Highway 181 frontage road near Buddy Ganem. Police said the suspect drew his weapon at police and possibly fired shots at three Corpus Christi police officers and one Portland police officer. They fired back, hitting him multiple times.

"All officers are fine," CCPD Chief Floyd Simpson said. "Subjects who were carjacked, subjects who were victimized on North Beach are fine. We do believe there may be one minor injury."

The suspect was taken to the emergency room at Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital. There has been no word as to his current condition, and his name has not yet been released by police. However, authorities said the 30-year old male had multiple arrest warrants.

Texas Rangers are investigating the officer-involved shooting, and the officers who were involved have been placed on paid administrative leave.


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