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Man arrested after firing shots at deputies while he had baby in arms
CHAMBERS COUNTY - from Chambers County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Brian C. Hawthorne reports that at on 04-09-14 at approximately 9:30 p.m., suspect Fabian Garcia (3-10-87) abducted at gunpoint his girlfriend Elizabeth Vega and their 6 month old daughter from a residence on Ward Road in Baytown.
Garcia drove the girlfriend and child to the 7900 block of Bay View Drive in the Bay Ridge Subdivision. While driving there Garcia fired several shots out of the vehicle allegedly at another vehicle. At this time it is unknown if any of these shots hit the vehicle.
Officer Kevin Dunlap with the Baytown Police Department was in the area, heard the shots and reported them to the Chambers County Sheriff's Office. While deputies were responding to the shots fired call, Garcia was at the Bay View address and got into a confrontation with Justin Vega, the brother of Elizabeth Vega. It is alleged that Garcia then shot Justin Vega with a 9mm handgun striking him once in the shoulder. At the same time Elizabeth Vega tried escaping from the vehicle with her infant child but Garcia forced her back into the vehicle and they fled the scene.
Garcia was driving north on FM 2354 when he passed DPS Trooper Adam Rose who was driving south to the shots fired call. Trooper Rose, from the description given by dispatch, recognized the vehicle, turned around and attempted to stop Garcia. Garcia did not stop for Trooper Rose and Deputy Chad Pafford with Chambers County Sheriff's Office joined the chase. While going over I10 on FM 3180 at a high rate of speed Garcia struck the guard rail of the over pass and drove into the grass esplanade on the north side of 3180.
Garcia exited the vehicle and fired several shots at the Trooper and Deputy. Trooper Rose returned fire striking the vehicle. While Garcia was shooting at the Trooper and Deputy he had his child in his arms.
Garcia eventually surrendered and was taken into custody. The child and her mother were shaken but not harmed during the shooting. Justin Vega was transported to Herman Memorial with a gunshot wound to his shoulder.
Garcia was taken to the Chambers County Jail and booked into custody. At the time of his arrest he had additional open warrants for Assault of a Family member, injury to a child and burglary. Additional charges are being filed by DPS, Chambers County Sheriff's Office and Baytown Police department.