Armed Suspect Arrested, Charged in Shooting at 600 West Mount Houston Road
September 12, 2022 - Charges have been filed against an armed suspect shot by an HPD officer at 600 West Mount Houston Road about 12:10 a.m. on Saturday (September 10).
The suspect, Manuel Elias-Torres, 43, is charged with three counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and felony evading in the 262nd State District Court. A 2021 booking of Elias-Torres, who remains in custody at the hospital, is attached to this news release.
HPD Officer J. Ready, who discharged his duty weapon, was not injured in tis incident. Officer Ready was sworn in as an officer in December 2018 and is assigned to the North Patrol Division.
HPD Special Investigations Unit Sergeant M. Glover and Detectives I. Ulloa, S. Mohajer, and A. Henderson reported:
HPD patrol officers saw a black Ford pickup truck driving at a high rate of speed near Little York Road and the North Freeway (North Interstate Highway 45) about 11:50 p.m. on Friday (September 9). The officers activated their emergency equipment and conducted a traffic stop near the intersection. When the officers approached the vehicle, the driver (Elias-Torres) sped away and the officers initiated a vehicle pursuit. During the pursuit, which lasted approximately 15 minutes, the driver intentionally struck one of the patrol vehicles.
About 12:05 a.m., Elias-Torres stopped the truck in the 600 block of West Mount Houston Road. Three persons exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers pursued all three persons on foot. As Elias-Torres fled on foot, he pointed a handgun directly at an officer inside a marked patrol vehicle behind him. Fearing for his safety, Officer Ready discharged his duty weapon at Elias-Torres, striking him multiple times. All three suspects were taken into custody without further incident and immediate medical care was provided to Elias-Torres. Paramedics transported Elias-Torres to an area hospital in stable condition.
Officers recovered multiple guns Elias-Torres' possession, as well as in the truck, along with ski masks.
Investigators consulted with members of the Harris County District Attorney's Office and the two other detained individuals were released.
As is customary in HPD officer-involved shooting incidents in the Houston city limits, this case is being investigated by the HPD Special Investigations Unit, the Internal Affairs Division and the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
Manuel Elias-Torres (2021 Booking photo)
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