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OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING – ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

As a follow-up to Saturday’s officer involved shooting, the following information has been made available for release. 

As detailed in Saturday’s release, CCPD was the assisting agency on a Law Enforcement Assist, regarding a stolen vehicle. 

We will be providing updates regarding the Officer Involved Shooting.  Upon arrival of our officers, all three suspects refused to follow direct commands and proceeded to evade on foot.  During the foot pursuit, one of our officers encountered one of the suspects on the 6100 block of SPID.  The offender engaged the officer in a struggle before producing and discharging a handgun striking the officer, forcing the officer to use deadly force to protect his life.

Anytime an officer must use deadly force it is tragic, it is even more unsettling that a young man with a gun placed an officer in a position that seriously injured him and forced him to discharge his firearm.  

Information garnered during the investigation led us to preliminarily identify the suspect as an adult. 

This morning, December 5, 2022, the suspect was positively identified, and we can now confirm that he is a 16-year-old juvenile male.  The juvenile male is still being treated at a local hospital.

Two additional suspects, a 16-year-old male and a 19-year-old male were arrested by the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office.  Any additional information regarding those arrests shall be made by their agency.    

Any additional updates will be released as they are made available for release. 

For additional information on this incident:  OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING | CCPD Blotter

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

At approximately 3:07 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2022, officers were assisting a Nueces County Sheriff’s Office Unit who requested back-up assistance, noting that he was following a stolen vehicle in the area of SPID at Staples. Updates provided that the vehicle proceeded on to HWY 358, traveling eastbound.

Updates from NCSO Unit provided that the suspect vehicle took the Rodd Field exit, taking the turn around and was now driving westbound on SPID. A short time later, the NCSO Unit advised that the suspect crashed the vehicle on the 6100 block of SPID, advising that three suspects fled from the vehicle.

At that point Corpus Christi Police Department officers were arriving in the area and officers engaged in the foot pursuit.

One of our officers was shot by one of the suspects, the officer did return fire striking the suspect.

A 19-year-old suspect barricaded himself in a local business, officers were able to take him into custody after a short time.

A 16-year-old suspect was taken into custody by a NCSO Deputy.

There are no additional suspects. We can confirm that the vehicle did return as stolen and at least one handgun was recovered from the offender.

Both officer and suspect are being treated at local hospitals for their injuries. The officer did sustain serious injuries but is expected to recover.

The Corpus Christi Police Officers who were involved will be placed on paid administrative leave, in accordance with current department practice and policy.

This is still an active and ongoing investigation. If you have any information pertaining to this incident, you are encouraged to call the Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 361-886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and still provide information to Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=.

NVID DETECTIVES SHUT DOWN GAMBLING OPERATION ON SOUTHSIDE

Detectives with the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division served simultaneous search warrants on Tuesday, November 29, 2022, at two businesses on the city’s south side, resulting in the arrests of five women on illegal gambling and engaging in organized crime charges.   Responding to a tip of illegal gambling taking place at a business on the 5000 block of Saratoga Blvd, NVID Detectives initiated a weeks-long investigation which resulted in dual search warrants being served at two adjacent businesses.   As a result of the investigation and search, officers arrested Robbie Austin, age 60; Vanessa Olague, age 26; Claudia Resendez, age 21; Jessica Guerra, age 31; and Laura Colunga, age 22.  All five were charged with Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail and a maximum $10,000 fine.  Austin, Olague, Resendez, and Guerra were additionally charged with Gambling Promotion, Keeping a Gambling Place, and Possession of a Gambling Device, while Colunga was additionally charged with Keeping a Gambling Place.  All three additional charges are class A misdemeanors. Fourteen patrons of the game room were issued warning citations for gambling and released at the scene.  During the search, Detectives seized gambling equipment, over $36,000 cash, and other evidence of illegal gambling.

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are possible.

NVID Detectives were assisted in the operation by officers with the CCPD Operations Division and investigators with the State of Texas Comptroller’s Office, which regulates coin operated machines.

The Corpus Christi Police Department continues to collaborate with our local state and federal partners to investigate and combat illegal gambling. Investigators will continue to enforce all Texas gambling laws, which will help accomplish our mission to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and to improve the quality of life in our community.

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

At approximately 6:06 p.m. on Friday, November 25, 2022, officers were dispatched to the 3000 block of Antelope for a domestic disturbance.  

Shortly after officers arrived, they made contact with the suspect who brandished a weapon, forcing one officer to discharge his city issued weapon.  

The suspect was struck and did succumb to his injuries on scene.     

The Corpus Christi Police Officers who were involved will be placed on paid administrative leave, in accordance with current department practice and policy. 

This is still an active and ongoing investigation. If you have any information pertaining to this incident, you are encouraged to call the Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 361-886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and still provide information to Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=.

UNITED STATES MARSHAL SERVICE WANTED OFFENDER

United States Deputy Marshals are asking for your help to locate Carlos Monsevais who has an outstanding probation violation warrant out of Uvalde County, related to a Sexual Assault of a Child ($40,000 Bond).

Carlos may be in the Corpus Christi area and officers with our Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force want your help to locate him. Carlos is described as a 28-year-old male, who stands 5’09” feet, weighs approximately 153 pounds, with dark black hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Carlos, call Crime Stoppers at (361)888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

You may also contact the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitives Task Force at (361) 267-6500.

NUECES COUNTY WANTED SUBJECT

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate Leila Lopez who has an outstanding warrant out of Nueces County for Failure to Appear related to Assault Family Violence (No Bond), Leila has an additional warrant out of Bowie County for Assault Family Violence. (No Bond). 

Leila is described as a 31-year-old female, who stands 5’04” feet, weighs approximately 156 pounds, with dark black hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Leila, call Crime Stoppers at (361)888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

You may also contact the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office at (361) 887-2239 or (361) 887-2219 after 5:00 pm.

NUECES COUNTY WANTED SUBJECT

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate Erasmo Leal Jr. who has an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear related to Continuous Violence Against the Family and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. (No Bond). 

Erasmo is described as a 48-year-old male, who stands 5’08” feet, weighs approximately 160 pounds, with dark black hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Erasmo, call Crime Stoppers at (361)888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

You may also contact the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office at (361) 887-2239 or (361) 887-2219 after 5:00 pm.

NUECES COUNTY WANTED SUBJECT

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate Michael Dominguez who has an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear related to Manufacturing/Delivery Controlled Substance (No Bond). 

Michael is described as a 47-year-old male, who stands 5’01” feet, weighs approximately 270 pounds, with dark brown hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Michael, call Crime Stoppers at (361)888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

You may also contact the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office at (361) 887-2239 or (361) 887-2219 after 5:00 pm.

NUECES COUNTY WANTED SUBJECT

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate Carlos Hernandez who has an outstanding warrant for Probation Violation related to Assault Family Violence (No Bond).

Carlos is described as a 27-year-old male, who stands 5’04” feet, weighs approximately 160 pounds, with dark brown hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Carlos, call Crime Stoppers at (361)888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

You may also contact the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office at (361) 887-2239 or (361) 887-2219 after 5:00 pm.

OPERATING AN UNLICENSED CAB OR RIDESHARE SERVICE IN THE CITY

The Corpus Christi Police Department received information that individuals were advertising flat rate cab services, noting that the individuals doing so were not licensed or permitted by the city to operate as such. 

The permits for vehicles for hire are regulated by the Municipal Code, Chapter 57.  The permits are required for uniform safety standards which include vehicle safety standards, driver quality, background checks and taxi meter fare standard practices.  It is unlawful for a person to drive or to operate any taxicab or rideshare service in the city unless there has been a license duly issued. 

On November 21, 2022, officers were notified of an online posting that advertised flat rate cab rides.  Officers made contact with and were subsequently met by a 45-year-old female, who arrived in a vehicle that was not marked as a cab, had no fare meter, and did not have any display to identify the driver or any cab company.  The driver was provided the opportunity to produce the proper license and permits required for cab service in the city, she was unable to do so. 

The 45-year-old female was found to be operating as a cab in the city, without the permits required and was also found to not have complied with the requirements to obtain such permits.  The 45-year-old female was cited for the following violations: Fail to have permitted driver, Fail to Use Posted Fares, Fail to Post Rates, Fail to Secure Certificate, Fail to Pay Operation Fee, and Fail to License Vehicle. 

The public should be conscious of hiring only reputable cab companies or rideshare services.  

If you call for a cab service and do not see the clear identification of the company, the fare meter, and the identity of the driver displayed; you should not get into the vehicle for your own safety.  Unlicensed cab or rideshare services could present the opportunity to make someone a victim of a crime.  If you have any information about an individual operating as an unlicensed vehicle for hire, please call 361-886-2600.

The Corpus Christi Police Department will continue to monitor complaints of unlicensed cab and ride share services.   Officers will continue to enforce all Texas Vehicle for Hire Ordinances, which will help accomplish our mission to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and to improve the quality of life in our community.