HOUSTON — Police have filed a murder charge against a man wanted in last week's shooting of a wrecker driver.

The victim, 48-year-old Augustin Martinez (left), managed to take a picture of the suspected shooter before he died Oct. 23. Houston police identified the suspect as 42-year-old Idelfonso Gamez Torres (right).

Augustin Martinez, left, snapped a photo of two suspects, right, before they shot and killed him, police say.
Augustin Martinez was shot to death shortly after snapping a photo of the two suspects who police believe killed him.
Family photo / HPD

According to police, Torres was last seen driving a 2004 red Ford Explorer with Texas license plates BH05601. Police fear he may have fled to Mexico.

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The night of the shooting investigators said Martinez was giving a ride to a customer when he got into a verbal altercation with the two males at an apartment complex on W. Little York Road. The suspects became hostile, and one of them pulled a pistol and fired multiple shots from inside the Explorer.

Martinez attempted to drive away but crashed his vehicle and died. The customer was not injured.

Anyone with information on the suspects in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.


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