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 Travis Magill Deemed Fit to Stand Trial

Two Officers Shot, Suspect Critically Wounded

Two Corpus Christi Police officers are expected to survive a shootout with an a man seen behaving erractically on Congressional Drive. The suspect is in critical condition.

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2 days ago

Travis Magill Deemed Fit to Stand Trial

CORPUS CHRISTI - Travis Magill, the man accused of shooting two Corpus Christi Police officers, has been found competent to stand trial.

Magill appeared in Judge Missy Medary's courtroom this morning for a hearing.

The trial was originally set to begin the last week of September, but was postponed while Magill's mental state was reviewed.

Magill is being charged with two counts of attempted capital murder for allegedly opening fire on two police officers in March.

Police said Magill fired shots at them while they tried to stop him after they received a call about a suspicious person near the Corpus Christi Country Club.

Magill's attorney has said his client was acting in self defense.

The trial has been tentatively set for December 8, but District Attorney Mark Skurka raised concerns about the availability of one key witness.

A ballistics expert who is set to testify has other military commitments during the week of the trial, according to the prosecution.

Judge Medary asked that the defense and prosecution attempt to schedule her testimony accordingly so that the trial can begin on its scheduled date.

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3 days ago

CCPD Officer A Finalist For IACP Police Officer of the Year

CORPUS CHRISTI - A Corpus Christi Police officer who went above the call of duty in a shootout with a suspect is now a finalist for the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Target Police Officer of the Year.

Senior Officer Amador Gonzalez is one of four finalists for the prestigious award that recognizes exemplary performance in professional policing from law enforcement agencies both domestic and international.

On March 20, Officer Gonzalez was responding to assist a fellow officer who was attempting to make contact with a man behaving strangely on Congressional Drive, near the Corpus Christi Country Club. As Gonzalez approached the scene, CCPD said suspect pulled out a gun and began firing at him and the other officer.

The other officer, Officer Michael Scott Goodman, was hit in the neck and leg. Gonzalez would later learn he was also struck.

Gonzalez immediately returned fire, striking the suspect the chest. CCPD said the suspect would then flee to one of the patrol vehicles and attempt to leave the scene.

Although he was wounded, Gonzalez rushed to the aid of his fellow officer who was severely bleeding and applied a tourniquet. That quick thinking helped save the life of a fellow officer.

To read more about the award, see the Corpus Christi Police Department's story here.

The suspect in that shooting, Travis Magill, was struck in the leg and chest. He is charged with attempted capital murder and is set to appear for trial on Dec. 8.

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1 month ago

Dashcam Video Sheds New Light On Shootout

CORPUS CHRISTI - On the same day that a trial date was set for Attempted Capital Murder suspect Travis Magill, KRIS 6 News obtained video that calls into question some of the accusations against him.

It's hard to draw any concrete conclusions from the 40 second clip, however, because it only caught part of the shootout and there is limited audio.

It begins with CCPD Officer Amador Gonzalez arriving on Congressional after Officer Scott Goodman had stopped Magill for questioning.

The video shows Magill standing calmly with Goodman behind him.

According to Magill's attorney, Mark Garcia, Magill then admitted to Goodman he was carrying a gun, and pulled it out of his waistband, but that prompted Gonzalez to suddenly pull his own gun and start firing.

Garcia claims Magill was shot in the leg and chest before firing a single shot.

The video then shows Magill limping over to the police SUV, jumping in the driver's seat, and speeding off.

The officers continued to fire more shots as Magill fled the scene, blowing out the rear window in the process.

It ended when the suv hit a pole on Everhart around the corner.

Magill claims he didn't intend to shoot or kill anyone, and only fired when they fired at him.

There is also a question of who shot whom.

The shooting left Officer Goodman with gunshot wounds to his shoulder and leg.

Gonzalez was shot once in the leg.

That makes three total wounds suffered by the officers.

However, Garcia claims detectives only found two shell casings from Magill's gun at the scene, suggesting that the officers may have inadvertently shot each other.

Garcia believes in the heat of the moment, it was Gonzalez who accidentally shot Goodman at least once, while aiming for Magill.

CCPD has yet to fully detail how the shooting played out, and wouldn't comment on the video directly due to the ongoing investigation.

However, the department has always maintained that Magill is the one who fired first, and that's why he's charged with two counts of Attempted Capital Murder.

He remains in jail, and his trial is set for December.

Click here to view the video in its entirety:

MagillVideo.mp4

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4 months ago

Not Guilty Plea for Shooting of Two Police Officers

CORPUS CHRISTI - A trial date has been scheduled for a man accused of shooting two Corpus Christi police officers.

Travis Magill, age 22, entered a plea of not guilty on two counts of attempted capital murder and will be back for trial on September 29th.

He's remained in the Nueces County Jail since he was treated for a gunshot to the stomach back in March.

Police say he wounded two officers who were checking on a suspicious person in the country club neighborhood. Magill was found a short time later behind the wheel of a crashed police cruiser.

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6 months ago

Suspect in Police Shooting Back in Court

CORPUS CHRISTI - Travis Magill was back in court today, with an attorney, in his first court hearing on charges he shot two police officers before being wounded himself.

The 22-year-old was in court earlier this week, but there was some confusion over who was going to represent him on the attempted capital murder charges.

Today was just a status hearing for the suspect. Attorney Mark Garcia showed up 40 minutes late for the 9 a.m. hearing.

Two Corpus Christi PD officers were shot on March 20th while checking out a suspicious man on Congressional Drive. According to police, Magill pulled out a gun just as the second officer arrived to provide backup.

In the exchange of gunfire, Magill was shot in the chest. An officer found him a short ways down the street behind the wheel of a crashed police Tahoe.

The officers were out of the hospital within 48 hours after being treated for wounds to their legs and chest.

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6 months ago

Police Shootout Suspect's Attorney is a No-Show for Hearing

CORPUS CHRISTI - A hearing for the suspect in the shooting of two Corpus Christi police officers was rescheduled because his attorney never showed up today.

Travis Magill just got out of the hospital last week for a gunshot wound to the chest and an injury to one leg. He's still in a wheelchair.

The two officers were shot as they checked out a man behaving strangely on Congressional Drive. According to police, Magill quickly pulled out a pistol and shot both officers. Magill was hit when the officers returned fire. Other officers caught up with him down the road when he crashed a stolen police Tahoe into a utility pole.

Sr. Officers Amador Gonzalez and Michael Scott Goodman spent a couple of days in the hospital.

Magill faces two counts of attempted capital murder on a peace officer and auto theft.

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7 months ago

Suspect in Police Shootout Released from Hospital

CORPUS CHRISTI - The suspect in the shooting of 2 Corpus Christi police officers is out of the hospital following treatment for a gunshot wound to his chest.

Travis Magill was slowly brought into the city detention center in a wheelchair. He still has a cast on his leg.

Last week, two officers went to check out a man acting odd on Congressional Drive. According to police, Magill quickly pulled out a pistol and shot both officers. Magill was hit when the officers returned fire. Other officers caught up with him down the road when he crashed a stolen police Tahoe into a utility pole.

The CCPD command staff credits Sr. Officer Amador Gonzalez with saving the life of Sr. Officer Michael Scott Goodman's. He made sure a tourniquet was in place for his colleague before tending to his own wounds.

Magill faces two counts of attempted capital murder on a peace officer and auto theft.

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7 months ago

Suspect Identified in Police Shooting

CORPUS CHRISTI - Family and friends confirm the man suspected of shooting two Corpus Christi police officers yesterday is 22-year-old Travis Magill. They describe the Calallen native as someone who has traveled down the wrong path.

Police confirmed his identity and state he's facing two counts of attempted capital murder of police officers and a charge for auto theft.

Magill's criminal record in Nueces County includes three possession of marijuana charges in the past year and a half, and a conviction for assaulting a family member. He was just sentenced this month to one year of probation for that assault charge.

One friend tells us it is no secret Magill didn't like police, but they're shocked he's accused of shooting two officers.

He's still listed as being in serious condition as Christus Spohn Memorial.

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7 months ago

Quick-Thinking Heroic Actions Saved Wounded Officers

CORPUS CHRISTI - Some quick-thinking heroic actions saved the lives of two officers in a shoot-out yesterday.

The two officers came close to death after responding to a call about a suspicious person. That person took out a gun and shot the two, hitting them in the shoulder and legs. The wounded police officers returned fire, shooting the suspect in the chest and subduing him.

But that's not where the acts of heroism stopped.

Police said both officers were losing a lot of blood, fast. Even though he was shot, Officer Gonzales pulled the tourniquet from his 'go-bag' and used it on Officer Goodman's leg. Gonzales then used a tourniquet on his own gunshot wounds.

Those bags are issued out to every CCPD officer, and if it weren't for that, the shoot-out could have ended tragically.

"It definitely served an important need for the one officer," said CCPD Captain John Houston. "We hope we never have to use them, but it was great to have that tool out today."

Gonzales wasn't the only one who responded quickly, either.

A man who lives near the scene heard the shots and ran to help. "All of a sudden I just heard, you know, the shooting and that's when I came over here," said the man. "I was helping the officer out, by putting my belt around his leg. He was losing a lot of blood."

Both officers are in stable condition, thanks to the man's help and the go-bags.

Every officer has to go through forty hours of training on how to use the gear in their go-bags.

Those bags are expensive, but the department sees them as a necessity. And in this case, they definitely were.

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7 months ago

Officers Wounded in Shootout Now 'In Good Spirits'

CORPUS CHRISTI - A difficult day for police officers started on Congressional Drive when neighbors reported seeing an oddly-behaving man checking out home.

The situation got out of hand quickly as one officer started talking to the man and another officer showed up for assistance. That's when Corpus Christi Police Chief Floyd Simpson says the man pulled out a pistol and shot both officers.

A witness heard the shots and immediately ran to help out. Meanwhile, the officers shot back at the man when he moved to steal a police Chevy Tahoe.

One officer was hit in the leg, the other was hit in the leg and shoulder.

The suspect took a bullet to the chest, but still drove away. He crashed into a utility pole just outside the Corpus Christi Country Club.

A viewer sent us video of officers rushing to pull the wounded suspect out of the police car. Once they had him under control they ran up the street to check on their wounded colleagues.

Back at Congressional Drive, a witness used a belt to help stop the heavy bleeding from one officer's leg. The other wounded officer grabbed gear from his pack to do the same. Commander John Houston says the decision to make a tourniquet likely saved the officer's life.

The shooter is in serious condition at Spohn Memorial and is expected to survive. Police are not providing his name as of this afternoon.

Chief Floyd Simpson has identified the wounded veteran officers as Scott Goodman and Amador Gonzales. Gonzales may be released from the hospital today.

"They are fine. They're in good spirits. Frankly, they're compassionate people. They didn't want to be in the position they are in today and no officer comes to work thinking or dreaming about engaging in deadly force. And so, it's a traumatic thing for them," said Simpson right after he met with the men at the hospital.

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7 months ago

Homeowner Rushes to Help Officers Wounded in Shootout

CORPUS CHRISTI - There's no official word from Corpus Christi PD on what lead up to an officer involved shooting this morning on Congressional Drive, but a homeowner thinks and attempted burglary at his house is connected.

The homeowner says the back door of his house was broken off the hinges. It's likely a dog scared off any intruder.

Around the same time, a police officer was called to check out multiple reports of a man seen acting erratically in the area.

Chief Floyd Simpson says one officer was already talking to the suspect when another pulled up to provide backup. The Chief says that's when the man pulled out a gun and shot both officers.

One officer was shot in the leg. The other was shot in the leg and chest. Both are expected to survive. A man who lives nearby tells KRIS 6 News he heard the gunshots and rushed to help. He used a belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding from an officer's leg. Another officer also had a tourniquet in his 'Go-Bag.'

The officers were able to shoot back at the man, hitting him in the chest. Chief Simpson tells us the man got into an officer's Chevy Tahoe and took off down Everhart Road.

He crashed into a utility pole in front of the Corpus Christi Country Club where officers dragged him out of the car and started treating him for injuries.

Medics rushed the suspect and both officers to the hospital.

Chief Floyd Simpson identified the officers involved in shooting as Michael Scott Goodman and Armando Gonzalez, both longtime officers. No identification provided on the critically wounded suspect.

Police have closed off Everhart Road between Shea Parkway and Saratoga Boulevard for the investigation.

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7 months ago

BREAKING: 2 CCPD Officers and Suspect Shot

CORPUS CHRISTI - Two Corpus Christi police officers and a suspect are now at Spohn Memorial Hospital being treated for gunshot wounds.

Chief Floyd Simpson says the officers were called out to Congressional Drive for a man who seen behaving erratically in the area. One officer was already talking to the man. Chief Simpson says the suspect opened fire as a second officer arrived for backup.

The officers were able to fire back, but the suspect got into a police Tahoe and took off. He then crashed into a utility pole in front of the Corpus Christi Country Club. Other officers pulled him from the police unit.

Medics rushed the man to the hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the chest. One officer was shot in the leg, another was shot in the shoulder and his leg. Both are expected to survive.

Chief Simpson declined to provide the names of the wounded officers and the suspect.

Police have closed off Everhart Road between Shea Parkway and Saratoga Boulevard. The closure will last for a long time as investigators collect all the evidence required.

We have crews on the scene and will bring you more information as soon as possible.

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