Aug. 5 – Ector County Sheriff’s deputies had a busy Thursday thanks to a shooting, a fight with a tire lever and an apparent traffic incident involving a gun.
According to the ECSO, officers received a call from 911 about 11 p.m. Thursday about a man who was shot during a disturbance in the parking lot of a games room on the 10000 block of West University Boulevard. When they arrived, they found a 31-year-old man with a gunshot wound being cared for by two people.
Emergency services attended to the man until ambulance arrived and he was taken to hospital at the Medical Center. His current condition was not available.
According to an affidavit of arrest, Nathaniel Ochoa, 27, was seen on surveillance video raising a gun and firing it multiple times, hitting the victim. Witnesses also identified Ochoa as the shooter.
Investigators believe the shooting was due to “an ex-husband issue,” according to an ECSO press release.
Ochoa, who has denied his involvement, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and on a warrant in a drug possession case. He remains in Ector County Jail on bail totaling $75,000.
The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are expected.
Deputies were also called to East Mulberry’s 400 block on Thursday due to an outage. On the way, they were told that a man was chasing another man with a tire iron.
When officers arrived, a 25-year-old man told them that he and his cousin, Darby Elkins, 22, were arguing when Elkins left the house they shared, grabbed a tire lever and broke his windshield.
According to the report, Elkins started chasing him with the tire lever after confronting him. The man told delegates that Elkins then got into his Ford Exhibition and started chasing him.
The men’s landlord confirmed the man’s story.
Elkins was placed in Ector County Prison around 3:45 p.m. Thursday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/family violence. He remains in custody on $50,000 bail.
Also on Thursday, officers were called to the Highway 302 and Yukon Road area over a “rolling disturbance.” En route, officers were told that a man in a maroon Cadillac was following a 52-year-old man on the phone to 911 and that the driver of the Cadillac had a gun pointed at him.
Officers spotted the two vehicles on the 10000 block of West 42nd Street and noted that the Cadillac was driving “very close” to the 911 caller, according to an ECSO report.
Officers pulled the Cadillac at gunpoint and Anthony Miller, 21, was taken into custody without incident.
Miller admitted to officers that he had a gun in his car, the report said.
The 911 caller told officers the driver of the Cadillac was weaving and wouldn’t let it pass, even as he forced it off the roadway at Highway 302 and FM 1936, the report said.
The man also told officers that he once drove the Cadillac off the road and Miller pointed a gun at him. According to the report, the alleged victim told officers that when he stopped near West Yukon and Highway 302, the man turned the Caddy around, drove to his vehicle and pointed the gun back at him.
The 911 caller told officers that the same man also pointed a gun at him on Feb. 18 and was driving the same car at the time, according to the report.
Officers found a pistol in the Caddy between the passenger seat and the center console, along with an extra magazine and ammunition.
Miller was arrested shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He remains in Ector County Jail on $50,000 bail.