September 16, 2013 - Houston police have arrested two suspects charged in an incident in which a Houston police officer discharged his duty weapon at an armed suspect at 13600 East Freeway (East Interstate Highway 10) service road about 2 p.m. last Friday (Sept. 13).
One suspect, Salvador Vasquez (H/m, DOB: 2-16-90), is charged with aggravated assault against a public servant and felon in possession of a weapon in the 262nd State District Court. The other suspect, Mayky Quinonez (H/m, DOB: 4-11-96), is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the same court. A photo of Quinonez is attached to this news release. A photo of Vasquez is not available at this time.
Officer N. Escobar, who discharged his duty weapon, was not injured in this incident. He was sworn in as an officer in November 1985 and is assigned to the Northeast Patrol Division.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant A. Semmelrock and Officer M. Stahlin reported:
Witnesses observed Vasquez and Quinonez breaking into a vehicle at the above address. Responding officers located the suspects inside a vehicle (a stolen blue Chevrolet Tahoe) and approached them. As officers were placing Quinonez in custory, Vasquez accelerated and fled from the officers. Vasquez then led officers on a pursuit and crashed in the 12800 block of the East Freeway, rolling the Explorer he was driving. Vasquez, armed with a gun, then exited the vehicle and attempted to flee from Officer Escobar. Officer Escobar pursued Vasquez, giving him multiple verbal commands for him to stop. A second responding officer placed his patrol car in Vasquez's path, leading to Vasquez changing directions. Vasquez, still armed with the gun, then turned towards Officer Escobar. who in fear of his life, discharged his duty weapon. Vasquez was hit, but continued to run a short distance where he was taken into custody and transported to Ben Taub General Hospital where he remains in stable condition.
As is customary in HPD officer-involved shooting incidents in the City of Houston limits, this incident is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.