Charges Filed in Shooting at 597 Van Molan
December 30, 2008 - Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested in a shooting incident involving a retiring Houston Police Department employee that resulted in the wounding of both suspects at 597 Van Molan about 2:40 p.m. on Monday (Dec. 29).
One suspect, Frank Flores Chavez (H/m, DOB: 12-31-69), suffered a gunshot wound and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital in an unknown condition. The other suspect, Daniel Lee Stzelecke, (w/m, DOB: 5-3-76), suffered a gunshot wound to the head and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he remains in critical condition. Both are charged with felony theft in the 182nd State District Court.
The shooter, Ronald J. Gillory, 57, a retiring HPD employee from the Communications Management Division, was not injured in this incident.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant P. V. Muñoz and Officer L. R. Leon reported:
Mr. Gillory was at his home and had a generator chained to his front porch in full view from the street. Chavez and Stzelecke, driving by the house in a van, saw the generator and decided to steal it. Chavez got out of the van and opened the chain link fence while Stzelecke backed up the vehicle to the front porch. Both suspects then used bolt cutters to remove the chain and attempted to put the generator in the van. Gillory, who had a video camera on his porch and a monitor in his house, saw the van on the monitor. He then grabbed a revolver, went outside, approached Chavez and Stzelecke from the driver’s side and told them to stop and put their hands up. Both suspects, on the passenger side of the van, ran towards Gillory and Chavez went inside the van as if to grab a weapon. Gillory then fired multiple times and hit both suspects and the van. Stzelecke collapsed at the scene while Chavez fled in the van. He was later detained by HPD patrol officers on the Hardy Toll Road. Both suspects were transported to the hospital.
This case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions.
information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.