Update on shooting that occurred last Thursday, Feb. 8th, BSPD:
The suspect in this investigation is identified as Garza, Andrew Black/Male 43 years of age. The investigation has revealed Mr. Garza had committed a Burglary of a Habitation as well as Criminal Mischief to a separate residence just prior to being contacted by Officer Blake Grantham. Mr. Garza had evaded Officer Grantham by running southbound through the west alley of the 900 block of S. Goliad and intothe yard of 400 E. 10th where Mr. Garza had retrieved a .45 caliber semi-automatic firearm from his pocket. Officer Grantham immediately discharged his firearm in the direction of Mr. Garza striking Mr. Garza once in the abdomen area. Big Spring Emergency Medical Personnel was summoned to the scene at which time Mr. Garza was transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center Hospital and later flown by helicopter to Odessa Medical for treatment. The firearm Mr. Garza brandished was found to have been stolen during a burglary of habitation that was reported on the 6th of February 2018.
Mr. Garza has been in the custody of Law Enforcement personnel since this incident and an Arrest Warrant has been issued for Mr. Garza’s arrest for the offense of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon on a Peace Officer a 1st Degree Felony. Further charges on Mr. Garza are pending as a result of this investigation.
Mr. Garza is currently in stable condition and Mr. Garza will be arrested upon his release from the hospital. Officer Grantham has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the Criminal and/or Administrative Investigation. ???
Chief of Police, Chad Williams
Administrative Lieutenant Brian Gordon