Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 4:10 AM
Location: 700 block of Alhambra Drive
Offense: Aggravated Robbery
Case Number: 1910160015
At approximately 4:10 am on October 16, 2019 Officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Alhambra Drive reference a burglary to a motor vehicle. The call was upgraded to shots fired.
Upon arrival, officers made contact with a homeowner who advised that he confronted a juvenile male breaking into one of his vehicles. The homeowner advised that as he was attempting to restrain the juvenile male he heard a second suspect demand that the juvenile be released and the sound of a gunshot. The homeowner released the juvenile male out of fear for his safety. When the juvenile male was released, a second shot was fired directly at the homeowner by that juvenile.
The two males then ran to a white in color 4 door pickup truck parked on the 2200 block of Sussex drive and they left the scene. The vehicle has since been recovered but the males have not been identified.
The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to urge the public to please not take criminal matters into your own hands. If you see a crime in progress, please call 911 and wait for police personnel to arrive on scene. It is best to be a good witness, call the police and remember as much descriptive information as possible about the suspects, but allow officers to handle any dealings with criminals. Please do not place yourself in harm’s way for property. We understand the frustrations that come with being burglarized or victimized, but we want to stress that your life is far more valuable than any possessions.
There is a significant danger in personally confronting criminals, their actions can be unpredictable and violent. Criminals are known to carry weapons or tools they use to commit crimes; either of which can be used against someone who interrupts their crime and can cause serious bodily harm or even death.
Property can be replaced, your life cannot.
As is our practice we are releasing the information for the officers who were involved in the shooting on October 13, 2019.
Four Corpus Christi Police Officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is in accordance with current department practice and policy.
Officer Phillip Peterson has been a police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department for 4 years. Peterson is the sole officer who discharged his service weapon.
(Officer Phillip Peterson)
Officer Antonio Contreras has been a police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department for 3 years.
(Officer Antonio Contreras)
Officer Zakquery Rodgers has been a police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department for 1 year.
(Officer Zakquery Rodgers)
Officer Jimmy Leal has been a police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department for 1 year.
(Officer Jimmy Leal)
This is still an active and ongoing investigation. If you have any information pertaining to this incident, you are encouraged to call the Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 361-886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and still provide information to Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at http://www.888tips.com.
For additional information on this incident:
Date: 10/13/2019 11:01 pm
Incident: Officer Involved Shooting
Case Number: 1910130108
At approximately 11:01 pm Corpus Christi Police Department Officers were dispatched to the 4300 block of Brentwood for a disturbance. The original call came in from a family member who was at a secondary location. Call notes provided that a male was armed with a baseball bat and the homeowner who was at the location did not feel safe.
Upon arrival, officers encountered a 22-year-old male who was in the street, armed with a baseball bat. Officers attempted to gain compliance from the male who was not following commands.
On four separate occasions during the incident officers attempted less than lethal force, by use of their tasers, which were all ineffective.
The 22-year-old male continued to be aggressive and threatening with the baseball bat, at which point one of the officers discharged his service weapon striking the male.
Officers administered life saving measures on scene until medics arrived. The 22-year-old male was transported to Christus Spohn Shoreline where he later succumb from his injuries.
This is an active and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Criminal Investigation Division. Several witnesses are being interviewed at this time.
Four Corpus Christi Police Officers have been placed on paid administrative leave at this time in accordance with department practice and policy.
If you have any information about this incident, please call Corpus Christi Police Criminal Investigations Division at 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and still provide information to Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at http://www.888tips.com.
The Corpus Christi Police Department would like to remind drivers that if an emergency vehicle is approaching them with the emergency lights activated, they should do the following:
- Yield the right of way.
- Immediately drive to a position parallel to and as close as possible to the RIGHT-hand edge or curb of the roadway clear of any intersection; and
- Stop and remain standing until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.
It is important to pull to the RIGHT side of the roadway as an emergency vehicle approaches. This is the safest area for you and this will allow an emergency vehicle to proceed safely.
Transportation Code 545.156 VEHICLE APPROACHED BY AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE
Crime of the Week
Case # 1909270011
Investigators want your help to discover any new information that will help catch a murder suspect, with this Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week.
On September 27, 2019 at approximately 4:48 am Officers responded to the 5300 block of Leopard for a shooting just occurred. When officers arrived, they located 34-year-old Sophia Lott, deceased. A witness told Investigators that several shots were fired into the hotel room’s front window. Homicide Investigators need your help to locate the individual responsible for the Murder.
Investigators have obtained video surveillance from the shooting and are seeking assistance from the public to identify the person responsible.
If you know who is responsible, or have any additional information about this murder, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at 888TIPS.com. Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep your identity secret and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you up to $2,500 dollars in cash.
Corpus Christi Police Officers are asking for your help to locate 40-year-old Jose Morales who has 7 active Nueces County Warrants. Morales has one felony warrant for Illegal Use of Credit Card, five felony warrants for Burglary of Building and one misdemeanor warrant for Burglary of Vehicle; all totaling $96,000 in bond amounts. Morales also has five outstanding Municipal Court Warrants.
Morales is described as a 40-year-old male, who stands 5’09”, weighs approximately 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
If you see Jose Morales, please call the Corpus Christi Police Department at (361) 886-2600 or Crime Stoppers at (361) 888-TIPS (8477). You may also submit the information online at http://www.888tips.com. The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward up to $2,500.
Date: Saturday, October 05, 2019 2:07 am
Location: 4000 IH 69 Access Road
Offense: Driving While Intoxicated (Class B)
Case Number: 1910050014
On Saturday, October 05, 2019 at approximately 2:00 am, Officers were dispatched to the 4000 block of IH 69 access road in reference to a male asleep in a vehicle at a drive through.
Prior to officers arriving on scene, a witness had already woken the driver and had him move his vehicle to a parking space.
During the investigation, officers believed that the driver, 51-year-old Donnie Mersing, was intoxicated and he was placed in custody.
Mersing was charged with Driving While Intoxicated (Class B) and later transported to the City Detention Center where he was processed.
Mersing is a 24-year veteran of the Corpus Christi Police Department.
Mersing has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. The administrative leave is in accordance with current department practice and policy.
This is an active and ongoing investigation.
Corpus Christi City Police Impound Auction
5485 Greenwood Drive Corpus Christi TX 78417
Every 1st Saturday of the Month, rain or shine, AMT Auction Marketing will be conducting the abandoned vehicle auction for the City of Corpus Christi Police Impound
This auction may consist of police impounded autos, trucks, SUV’s, RVs. trailers, motorcycles, boats and personal property
**Inventory is subject to change as releases happen during the month prior to the auction**
Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:00 am
Viewing and Pre-Registration: Friday, October 4, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Viewing and Pre-Registration: Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 8:00 am – 10:00 am
AUCTION STARTS at 10:00 am
Early Registration is highly recommended.
We open at 8:00 am for Registration on Auction Day.
The Corpus Christi Police Department investigated a homicide that occurred on September 27, 2019 on the 5300 block of Leopard. Initial information led us to believe that Delfino Chavira was the suspect involved in the death of 34-year-old Sophia Lott.
Homicide Detectives diligently continued the investigation into the Homicide and have discovered new evidence linking a different suspect. As a result of the newly uncovered evidence, the charges against Delfino Chavira were dismissed and Chavira was released accordingly.
This is still an active and ongoing investigation and if anyone has any additional information, they are urged to contact Homicide Detective Loraine Mathews at (361) 886-2883. You may also call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers. Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.
For additional information on the murder, see the original blotter post:
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019, 10:12 AM
Location: 7000 block of Smokewood Drive
Offense: Burglary of a Habitation
Case Number: 1909240048
Corpus Christi Detectives would like help from the public to identify four suspects who burglarized a residence located on the 7000 block of Smokewood Drive.
The victim advised that she arrived home at approximately 1:06 pm to find the front door to her residence unsecured with the frame damaged. Video surveillance showed that at approximately 10:12 AM a black in color KIA SUV, with the license plate partially covered, reversing into the driveway. While the driver remained in the driver’s seat, three offenders exited the vehicle and were seen running up to the residence before forcing the front door open with bodily force. The offenders were seen exiting the residence with various items in their hands placing them in the vehicle, returning inside the residence a second time and were seen exiting with additional stolen property. The offenders then enter the vehicle and were last seen traveling southbound toward Cedar Pass.
All three subjects who entered the home attempted to cover their faces with some type of clothing but there were instances where their faces were partially seen on camera. All three males appear to be between 18-25 years of age, approximately 5’07” – 5’09”. The fourth offender who was driving the Black KIA SUV did not appear on camera.
The victim noted that nearly $7,000 worth of personal property was stolen.
If you know who is responsible, or have any additional information about this Burglary, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888tips.com.