Suspect Arrested After Firing Shots at Officer at 5720 Rampart
October 15, 2008 - Charges are pending against a suspect arrested after he fired several shots at a Houston police officer at 5720 Rampart about 7 p.m. on Tuesday (Oct. 14).
The suspect, Gervin Odir Benites-Vijil (H/m, DOB: 10-10-86), faces charges of aggravated assault of a police officer and two counts of aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. He is accused of firing shots at HPD Officer R.L. Wilson as she attempted to detain him for a robbery incident. In response, Officer Wilson discharged her weapon, but did not hit the suspect. Neither the suspect nor officer was injured. Officer Wilson, assigned to the Fondren Patrol Division, was sworn in as an officer in May 2003.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant W. Bush and Officer C. Sturdivant reported:
Officer Wilson responded to a robbery with weapons call and, after speaking with a victim and witnesses, was directed to a nearby convenience store where the suspect was seen entering. Officer Wilson saw the suspect leaving the store and ordered him to stop. The suspect ignored the verbal commands and ran. During the foot pursuit, the suspect pulled a gun and fired shots at the officer, who returned fire. After eluding police officers for several minutes, the suspect was eventually apprehended on the property without further incident.
Officer Wilson identified the suspect as the one who fired shots at her. In addition, two other victims robbed just prior to the gunshots also identified the suspect as the individual who had robbed them.
As is customary in officer-involved shooting incidents in the city limits, the case is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions as well as the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.