Man who allegedly shot at Galveston County deputy and fled law enforcement now in custody

Charles Joseph Porras Jr | Photo: Galveston County Sheriff's Office

On Dec. 29, 2017 around 1:15 a.m., a Galveston County Sheriff’s Office deputy was standing out front of a convenience store near the intersection of State Highway 146 and Grand Avenue in Bacliff, Sheriff Henry Trochesset said in a release.

A dark colored Chevy pickup truck traveling eastbound on Grand Avenue fired a single shot towards the deputy and clerk. The projectile struck the marked unit on the driver’s side rear passenger door. The deputy chased the truck and a pursuit ensued through the Bacliff area.

Other units assisted in the pursuit until the operator lost control of the truck in the 3700 block of Bayshore Drive. The truck left the roadway, striking a power pole and finally came to rest after hitting a wooden fence.

Two occupants of the truck fled on foot. Both occupants appeared to be males according to pursuing deputies. Deputies chased the occupants but finally lost sight of them. Other agencies arrived and assisted in setting a perimeter in the area. K-9 units and a Houston Police Department helicopter also assisted in the search.

At the scene of the crash, a black and silver semi-automatic handgun was found on the ground next the truck.

A short time later, Galveston County dispatch received a call in the area about a suspicious man at a house. The caller reported the man told them he had been involved in a motor vehicle crash and requested their assistance. Galveston County Sheriff's Deputies and DPS Troopers arrived and detained the man. At that time, the deputies learned the man was the registered owner of the truck involved in the event. He was returned to the scene.

Detectives and Forensic investigators from the sheriff’s office responded to the scene to further the investigation. The man detained admitted to being in the vehicle and investigators learned he was the owner of the handgun found on the ground.

The male was identified as Charles Joseph Porras Jr, 27, of La Marque. He was charged with aggravated assault on a public servant and bond was set at $150,000 by the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office.

At the time of this release, the investigation is still ongoing by criminal investigators with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.

- Galveston County Sheriff’s Office