Teenager Arrested for Shooting at Patrol Car


POSTED: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 4:23pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 30, 2011 - 7:04am

He’s now in the custody of Cameron County after shooting at a county deputy patrol car Monday evening.
He is 19-year-old, Nicholas Castañeda, from Brownsville. Sheriff Omar Lucio tells News Center 23, the deputy, Omar Lopez, was patrolling the area of Salida de Luna and Coulter Drive when he heard a loud bang on the passenger side of his unit. He got out of the car to check it out. He walked around his car and was surprised at what he saw.

"He saw, that on the passenger side door, that there was a bullet and the projectile was still embedded in the front door."

Deputy Lopez then checked the nearby wooded area and spotted the teenager walking away.

"Sheriff Omar Lucio says when Castañeda saw the deputy coming after him, he tossed his rifle somewhere in this field and then made a run for it."

Castañeda was shooting this, a 22-caliber rifle. When authorities found the weapon, it was loaded. The 19-year-old tried to get away but was arrested quickly. After a search, deputies found live ammunition in his pockets.

"There’s no specific reason at the present time as to why he shot at the unit."

However, we've learned that Castañeda may have been randomly firing his rifle when one shot hit the patrol car.

"For someone to be shooting at random like that, it creates a problem. It creates a problem for the neighborhood. It creates a problem for us."

Luckily, the shot didn't reach Deputy Lopez. He is a bit shaken up but he's doing well. Lopez has been a Cameron County Sheriff Deputy for about two years. Castañeda faces one count of deadly conduct and resisting arrest.

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