Big Spring Man Arrested Following "Shots Fired" Call

Big Spring Man Arrested Following "Shots Fired" Call

BIG SPRING, TX (KWES) - Big Spring Police responded to "shots fired" in on the 1600 block of Avion Street Monday evening.

Police say 9 to 13 shots were fired from at least one of the two vehicles involved. The vehicles were described as an older, blue Buick and a silver Nissan.

Upon the officer's arrival, the Nissan was still on the scene but the driver fled the scene as the officer approached the vehicle. The pursuit came to an end in an alley near 19th Street and Johnson Avenue. That's when the driver got out of the car with a gun in his hand.

The man attempted to run from the officer and threw his weapon.

When the officer caught up with the suspect, who was later identified as Manuel Mata, Jr., 30, he attempted to fight off the officer. The gun was later recovered and Mata was taken to the emergency room for minor injuries.

Police later learned from witnesses that three males had been in the Nissan but two of the men fled before the officer arrived. Witnesses say two people in the Nissan had shot at the Buick, but no one knew who drove the Buick or where it had gone.

One round struck a home in the 1500 block of West Cherokee. That home was occupied by a family of four. No injuries were reported.

Mata was charged with evading arrest in a vehicle, unlawfully carrying a weapon and possession of marijuana.

He remains in the Howard County Detention Center awaiting arraignment.

The investigation is ongoing and police say Mata could face more charges.