Murder suspect killed in shootout was former deputy who served in Port AransasFree Access

A man who formerly served as a constable’s deputy in Port Aransas reportedly was killed in a shootout in Atascosa County today (Friday, Sept. 1) after he became a suspect in a Corpus Christi murder and led officers on a high-speed chase on Interstate Highway 37.

Edward Ben Garcia, 51, was a deputy with the Nueces County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office from 2011 to 2022, according to Bobby Sherwood, former constable. Sherwood retired earlier this year after serving as Precinct 4 constable for more than 30 years.

Sherwood said he fired Garcia in November last year. He declined to say why because it was a personnel matter. But he added that it was “not for anything violent.”

Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward said that the suspect in the shootout hasn’t yet been positively identified. However, he said, based on information provided by Corpus Christi police, he is believed to be Garcia, a Corpus Christi resident.

The suspect was driving on I-37 this morning when an investigator from the District Attorney’s Office in Wilson tried to pull him over, Soward said.

A high-speed chase ensued, and spikes were deployed to stop the suspect’s pickup truck.

The driver lost control of the pickup and crashed into the median of I-37 about 25 miles south of San Antonio.

The suspect jumped out and started shooting at officers, Soward said.

Officers returned fire and shot the man dead, the sheriff said. No one else was reported injured.

Soward said the suspect was armed with a rifle and was wearing a ballistic vest.

No details on the Corpus Christi murder were immediately available.

The southbound and northbound lanes of I-37 were shut down for hours as officers conducted an investigation at the scene after the shootout.

The Pleasanton Express contributed to this report.

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