A man in Austin, Texas is being charged with first-degree capital murder for allegedly attempting to shoot a police officer who was chasing him after the Toyota Camry he was driving came back as stolen, reports KXAN.
The incident took place on Thursday when Andrew Jones, 20, was reportedly stopped by police while driving on Interstate 35, reports Statesman. After running his license plate and determining his vehicle had been stolen, police tried to pull Jones over, but the suspect – who reportedly has several felony warrants out for his arrest – sped off, forcing cops to chase him.
Police say the man traveled at 100 mph in a 50 mph zone and that they tried to stop him by laying down stop strips to pop his car’s tires. He ran several lights, they say, and even hit another vehicle.
The entire chase lasted about five minutes. It ended abruptly when Jones allegedly slammed into the entrance of Mandalay Apartments. He reportedly got out of the car and began running on foot from police, but then slipped on wet grass and fell down.
The suspect reportedly pulled out a gun after a police officer approached him. The officer claims he heard the sound of a gun “dry-firing” and that he saw Jones attempt to “rack a round into the chamber” of his gun.
The cop had enough time to use a Taser on Jones, stopping him from firing his gun a second time. They then reportedly used the Taser twice more on him because they say he resisted arrest.
Police later discovered that Jones’ Sig Sauer 9 mm handgun had been stolen from a car earlier that day. There were nine live rounds in the gun, according to police.
Jones is being held in the Travis County Jail on $1 million bond. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.