New Details Released in Connection With Shooting in Ector County

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY - New details have been released regarding the shooting/high speed chase on Wednesday in Ector County.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the incident began when Trooper Max Honesto pulled over a blue Toyota at mile marker 95 on I-20.

Honesto asked the driver, 35-year-old Alfonso Butler, to step out of the car. When Butler stepped out, Honesto smelled marijuana and asked the two other passengers, 20-year-old Ashley Simpson and 23-year-old Marcus Lott, to step out of the car.

Lott then pulled out a .22 pistol and Honesto and Lott exchanged gunfire. Honesto was struck in the right arm during the exchange of gunfire. Lott then drove off with Simpson, hitting a DPS Vehicle. Butler surrendered at the scene.

Another Trooper, Mario Garcia, fired on the vehicle and the chase began.  Troopers tried stopping the vehicle by using stop sticks and by firing at the vehicle.

The car then exited I-20 at mile marker 115 and crashed into a pipe fence near mile marker 116.

Lott and Simpson were then taken into custody and Lott was transported to Medical Center Hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound.

All three suspects were taken to the Ector County Jail.

After the chase, a search of the vehicle found two baggies of marijuana, a pound of marijuana and two firearms.

Lott and Simpson have been charged with attempted capital murder and possession of marijuana. Lott also had an outstanding felony warrant from another state. Butler was arrested on a parole warrant and possession of marijuana.

Trooper Honesto has been treated and released from the hospital and is recovering from his injuries.

The investigation by the Texas Ranger Company E continues. The Texas Rangers are being assisted by DPS Criminal Investigations agents,  the DPS Crash Reconstruction Team, DPS Aircraft and the Ector County Sheriff's Office.