Suspect killed by Midland Police had a criminal history

by Michael Stafford
NewsWest 9

The rap sheet goes all the way back to 1987 when Vela was charged with aggravated assault.

In 1988, he was sentenced to prison for five years in connection with a murder.

Then in 1991, he violated his parole, and had a similar charge again in 1992.

Skip forward to 1995, police arrested Vela for burglary of a building.

In 1999, he's charged with organized criminal activity, which also resulted in another violation of probation.

We'd also like to point out that Midland Police had already classified Vela as a dangerous person, and they knew exactly who they were dealing with on Thursday when they tried to serve that drug warrant.