Mario Alberto Martin

Mario Alberto Martin

Video from a Killeen Police Department patrol car, referenced in a court document, show an officer shooting at a vehicle it had been chasing on Aug. 30 after the driver tried to ram the patrol car. The incident landed a man in the hospital and then in jail.

Mario Alberto Martin, 29, is being held in the Bell County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon on $600,000 in bonds. He is being charged with two counts of aggravated assault against a public servant, a first-degree felony; and one count of evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, a third-degree felony, according to jail records

A Killeen police officer on Aug. 30 attempted to stop a vehicle for speeding when the vehicle “accelerated away from the marked police unit,” according to the arrest affidavit. “The vehicle continued to travel at a high rate of speed through a stop sign.”

The officer chose to stop the pursuit and to report the car to dispatch, which ran the Oklahoma license plate and found an address in Killeen for the suspect vehicle. Two other Killeen officers went to the address attempting to locate the vehicle.

In the video from inside the patrol car, when the officers arrived at the Killeen address, “the suspect can be seen closing the vehicle door and accelerating from the officers’ police unit,” police said. Officers activated their lights and sirens and a chase ensued.

Police said they “observed the vehicle ignoring traffic signs and lights, spinning out and off the roadway, (and) weaving in and out of other traffic…during the pursuit.”

The vehicle ran a red light at the intersection of Elms Road and South Fort Hood Street, when it collided with a vehicle traveling through the intersection with a green light, according to the affidavit.

“The suspect’s vehicle is seen spinning around as a result of the impact and comes to rest facing the police vehicle,” police said. “The suspect’s vehicle then accelerates toward the police vehicle, striking the (police vehicle) head on.”

One officer discharged his weapon at the suspect, causing the suspect to attempt to reverse his vehicle. The officer fired again “in an attempt to stop the suspect,” according to the affidavit.

Police said the suspect was detained and identified as Martin before he was airlifted to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center in Temple to be treated for gunshot wounds.

Emily Hilley-Sierzchula is reporter for the Killeen Daily Herald. Reach her at emilys@kdhnews.com

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