Man accused leading deputies on chase, then shooting at officers with baby in tow

Man accused leading deputies on chase, then shooting at officers with baby in tow

Credit: Chambers County Sheriff's Office

Fabian Garcia

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on April 10, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 10 at 12:42 PM

HOUSTON – A man is accused of abducting his girlfriend and their 6-month-old daughter, then leading deputies on chase that ended with him crashing and firing at law enforcement officers while holding the baby in his arms, according to the Chambers County Sheriff’s office.

It all began Wednesday at about 9:30 p.m. at a residence on Ward Road in Baytown.  That’s where deputies said Fabian Garcia abducted at gunpoint his girlfriend Elizabeth Vega and their 6-month-old daughter.

Garcia then drove his girlfriend and child to the 7900 block of Bay View Drive in the Bay Ridge Subdivision, deputies said. While driving there Garcia allegedly fired several shots out at another vehicle.  Deputies said they don’t know if any of the shots hit the vehicle. 

A Baytown Police Department officer, who was in the area, heard the shots and reported them to the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office. 

As deputies responded to the shots fired call, investigators said Garcia got into a confrontation with his girlfriend’s brother, Justin Vega, and shot him with a 9mm handgun, striking him once in the shoulder. 

Garcia’s girlfriend tried escaping from the vehicle with her baby, but deputies said Garcia forced her back into the vehicle and they fled the scene. 

As Garcia drove north on FM 2354 he passed a DPS trooper who was driving south to the shots fired call. The trooper recognized the vehicle, turned around and attempted to stop Garcia.  When Garcia did not stop, a Chambers County Sheriff’s Office deputy joined the chase. 

While going over Interstate-10 on FM 3180 at a high rate of speed, deputies said Garcia struck the guard rail of the over pass and drove into the grass esplanade on the north side of 3180.  Then he allegedly exited the vehicle and fired several shots at the trooper and deputy. The trooper returned fire striking the vehicle.  Garcia had his child in his arms as he fired shots, investigators said. 

He eventually surrendered and was taken into custody. 

The child and her mother were not harmed.  Meanwhile, Justin Vega was transported to Herman Memorial with a gunshot wound to his shoulder. 

Garcia was booked into the Chambers County Jail. Investigators said at the time of his arrest he had additional open warrants for assault of a family member, injury to a child and burglary.  Additional charges are being filed by DPS, Chambers County Sheriff’s Office and Baytown Police department.

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