Witnesses react to police chase in Odessa neighborhood

Witnesses react to police chase in Odessa neighborhood
Hector Manuel Martinez, Jr. (Source: Odessa Police Department)
Supsect's vehicle parked outside his house (Source: KWES).
Supsect's vehicle parked outside his house (Source: KWES).

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - A shooting inside an Odessa Walmart lead to a police chase ending at the suspects house. Police say the suspect is a former employee of the store and were able to track him down during a traffic stop.

Hector Manuel Martinez, Jr., 20, has been charged with aggravated robbery, evading arrest with a motor vehicle, theft of a firearm and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

It started at the Walmart on 42nd Street when police say a former employee stole ammunition and shot a round in the store, threatening a staff member and fleeing on foot just after 5 a.m.

"He did lead us on a pursuit. He did threatening the officer, threaten suicide by cop," said Cpl. Steve LeSueur with the Odessa Police Department.

Police tried to perform a traffic stop later on in the morning, but that led to a high speed chase, spanning from East Odessa to the 2800 block of Madera.

"All we saw were all these cop cars come in," said Sariyah Ramirez,  a witness to the chase. "They had stopped because he had no choice but to stop at his house over here."

Ramirez and her friends witnessed the whole thing. The group was outside just a few doors down having a yard sale to raise money for school clothes.

"There was like dirt flying everywhere and we couldn't really see what was going on," said Katie Watkins.

"I was scared because I felt like it was the guy from Walmart and I had heard that he had a gun," said Ramirez.

Police say Martinez did have a gun but thankfully no one was hurt. The chase ended peacefully, Martinez was taken into custody and his truck towed away.

Residents on Madera are still in shock, because they say Martinez never did anything out of the ordinary.

"I feel relieved at some point, but still shaken," said Ramirez.

It turns out Martinez is no stranger to being in handcuffs. He has a lengthy rap sheet of stalking and aggravated assault. He's even been arrested in the past for reckless driving.

Official documents reveal those stalking charges date back to 2016 when Martinez was accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend and her family on multiple occasions. In one incident, police say Martinez pulled out a gun on two different people.

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