Assault on Peace Officer Investigation (Press Release)

by Public Information Officer, Wednesday, March 04, 2015, 09:17 (1449 days ago)

ABILENE, TX – On March 3, 2015, Abilene officers were dispatched to several calls in the 1200 block of S. 13th involving a man who reportedly had a gun and wanted officers to shoot him. The first call was received at 7:38 pm, and when officers arrived the suspect had already left the residence. He later returned, and at 11:58 pm officers were dispatched to the armed subject call. Officers arrived within three minutes and confronted the suspect in the 1200 block of Butternut. The suspect was on foot and outside of the residence.
The preliminary investigation indicates the suspect had a handgun in his hand and tried to flee from officers. After running a short distance he stopped and pointed the handgun at them. Both officers fired and the suspect was struck. Officers then provided immediate life-saving measures until the Fire Department and EMS arrived. The suspect was transported to Hendrick Medical Center where he remains at the time of this media release. His condition is not believed to be critical.
The suspect is in police custody and will be charged with 3rd Degree Felony Assault against a Public Servant. He is identified as Moses Montez born 07/06/75. He will be evaluated by mental health authorities while receiving care at Hendrick Medical Center. The two involved officers were not injured, nor were any other persons. The officers have been placed on administrative leave as is customary. Additionally, the Police Department contacted the Texas Rangers and requested an independent investigation.
Subsequent investigation revealed that the suspect’s firearm is actually a pellet gun. Below is a picture of a Ruger MK II .22 caliber handgun, which is remarkably similar to the pellet gun that the suspect pointed at officers.
This is an active investigation. More information may be released at a later time.
Chief Stan Standridge


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