CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The man who reportedly tried to hit a Corpus Christi Police Department officer as he fled a traffic accident was hit when the officer fired his gun.
The suspect, who has not been identified, was arrested Saturday night after he reportedly hit two vehicles with his truck, and allegedly tried to hit a police officer while fleeing the scene.
Police said the incident happened around 8 p.m. Saturday in the 4700 block of SPID, in front of the Chick-Fil-A restaurant, after officers tried to conduct a traffic stop.
The white Ford F-150 reportedly hit a vehicle with people in it as it came up to the intersection of Everhart and SPID. As police responded and tried to approach the truck to make a traffic stop, the truck fled.
"The driver then reversed their vehicle, striking a police unit, then drove off in the direction of one of the officers, who discharged his firearm," Corpus Christi Police Lt. Michael Pena said.
Police said they detained the suspect in the 5900 block of Weber at around 9:50 p.m. Saturday.
Pena said the man was transported to Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline and is being treated for his injuries. He is reportedly in stable condition.
Sr. Officer Gena Pena said the man faces five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and attempted aggravated assault on a police officer charges.
The civilian vehicles hit by the man had adults and children inside.
The officer who fired his weapon, Ofc. Dee Munsell, is a four-year CCPD veteran and currently on administrative leave per CCPD department policy.