Trial continues for a man accused firing shots at police officers during a standoff back in 2014.
The trial for ex Cameron County Jailer Marco Antonio Gonzalez continues. Gonzalez is accused of Aggravated Assault against nine police officers back in 2014.
Day 3 of Gonzalez’s trial began with Brownsville PD Negotiator, Ray Ibarra. He is the person who spoke to Gonzalez and tried to negotiate with him through the phone during the more than 8-hour standoff with police. Gonzalez had an assault rifle and was holding ex-girlfriend Monica Robles hostage.
The jury listened to dozens of audio clips of the phone conversations between the negotiator and Gonzalez. We learned Gonzalez had been requesting to speak to his mother and sister throughout the course of the day. That request was denied. According to the negotiator, in his experience, allowing the suspect to speak to close relatives, could result in goodbyes and harm to himself or the hostage.
Through the audio clips we also learned Robles herself was also a part of the conversation.
We learned Gonzalez fired the assault rifle and said they were warning shots so that SWAT would back away from the house.
The negotiator warned Gonzalez several times that if he didn’t surrender, SWAT would break in and use tear gas.
At the end, Gonzalez fired a self-inflicted shot to his torso before walking out on his own and taken into custody.
The state prosecution is finished calling on witnesses. The defense is expected to call on Marco Gonzalez himself.
We will continue to cover this trial and keep you updated on the latest.