Corpus Christi Police were involved in a shooting in the area of Congressional and Everhart around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 20. Two officers were shot, sustaining non-life threatening injuries.
According the Corpus Christi Police Chief Floyd Simpson, the police department had responded to several calls in regards to a person acting erratically, reportedly talking to himself, but officers were initially unable to locate the suspect.
At 12:16 p.m., officers received a suspicious persons call in the area of Congressional and Pebble Beach, and according to police, an officer made initial contact with the suspect around that time.
"With calls like this, we'll typically have a multiple officer response," said Police Chief Simpson. "A second officer shows up to provide back-up, and at that point, the suspect produces a weapon and fires upon our officers, striking both of our officers."
The first officer was shot in the left and in the neck area; the second officer sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. Both officers, Police Chief Simpson is happy to report, do not have life-threatening injuries.
The officers then returned fire, striking the suspect in the chest and in the leg. In an attempt to flee, according to police, the suspect then jumped into a parked Police Tahoe, which was resting at Congressional and Everhart.
"Our officers, as the vehicle was leaving, shoot again, into the car. The driver, the suspect, hits a pole, and the car is resting there," said Police Chief Simpson. "Our officers, at that point, take the suspect into custody."
The suspect, 22-year-old Travis Cody Magill, had injuries that were critical and was worked on at the scene by medical personnel, and then transported to Spohn Memorial for treatment to his injuries. The two officers, Michael Scott Goodman and Armando Gonzalez, both longtime officers, were also transported to Spohn Memorial for treatment to their injuries before being released the following day.†
Detectives for the Corpus Christi Police Department obtained arrest warrants for Magill on Friday, Mar. 21. Currently, Magill is still in ICU at Memorial Medical Center, recovering from his injuries. Once he is released, he will be booked into CDC with one count of Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle (UUMV), with the bond set at $50,000; two counts of Attempted Capital Murder, with the bond set at $700,000.†
On Saturday, Mar. 22, Police Chief Floyd Simpson released a statement thanking the community for their support for the Department's injured officers.†
"I cannot thank the citizens of Corpus Christi enough for their outpouring of concern, well wishes, thoughts and prayers for our two injured Officers. Our departmentís strength comes from the support of our community and the effectiveness of our members," said Police Chief Simpson, "I can see that we have an abundance of both. As a Police Chief, I cannot ask for much more than that."