New details in violent chase through Bruceville-Eddy
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am
CENTRAL TEXAS -- Police gave new details on the violent Bruceville-Eddy car chase that lead to a shooting Monday.
The city of Bruceville-Eddy will be filing charges against the man arrested in addition to McLennan County's Attempted Capital Murder charge.
Bruceville-Eddy police say the U.S. Attorney's office could pick up the case, making it a federal issue with harsher punishments.
Jose Maria Garcia II was in Falls County when the chase began. The search ended after police say a person who knew Garcia turned him in a day later in Killeen. This came after 67-year old Clark McCabe was shot and a Falls County Deputy injured in Bruceville-Eddy, something shocking, even to police.
"This happens all in your big cities and everything. But, of course, we have to understand we have I-35 through our city, and we don't really know what to expect, or we are ready to expect the worst," said Bruceville-Eddy Police Chief Dan Ferguson.
Police say Falls County Deputy Lou Lourcey saw Garcia's car on the side of the road. When he passed, Garcia jumped in the car suspiciously, prompting Lourcey to pull him over. After that, the chase was on.
The Deputy followed Garcia to Bruceville-Eddy.
Garcia wrecked into a light pole at the intersection of Old Moody and Gurley Lane but continued to run after ramming the Deputy's car.
Rhonda Wooley saw it all from her porch and ran out to help the deputy.
"The car came flying down the road and turned the corner and intentionally hit the cop car and pinned the cop in between the car and his car door, and then he just took off again. It was very, very, very scary knowing that this is going on in our neighborhood," said Wooley.
Garcia ditched the car at a baseball field and walked to a nearby gas station. Police haven't said why Garcia started the chase that blew through the Cefco parking lot where they say Garcia shot McCabe 5 times before stealing the victim's car.
Police say Garcia didn't have a criminal record, but there must have been some activity due to a fake license plate on his car.
Bruceville-Eddy is charging Garcia with attempted capital murder for the shooting of Clark McCabe, deadly conduct for shots fired in the Cefco parking lot and aggravated robbery for carjacking McCabe's vehicle. Clark McCabe is said to be recovering at a local hospital but will have to go through rehab to help him walk.
Deputy Loucey is home recovering, and Garcia is in McLennan County Jail with a $500,000 bond.