Aguilar fatally shot early Sunday morning in standoff in Center
Antonio Aguilar, the suspect of a broad-based manhunt since Nov. 28 when he shot at Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper after a traffic stop in Shelby County, was shot to death about 3:45 a.m. Sunday after he exited a Center residence armed with a rifle and firing at Center Police and other law officers, according to Texas Department of Public Safety.
According to the Department of Public Safety, Aguilar, 28, had been harbored by Mark Tuley at a residence in Center. At approximately 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, the Center Police Department received a tip from a confidential source that Aguilar was at a private residence in the city, DPS said Sunday in a press release.
Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to the scene and negotiated with Aguilar for several hours. DPS said based on the preliminary investigation, at approximately 3:45 a.m. Sunday morning, Aguilar exited the residence with a rifle and fired at law enforcement officials.
“Law enforcement returned fire, fatally wounding Aguilar,” DPS said in a statement.
Tuley, 58, of Center, was arrested by Texas Rangers for harboring a fugitive; he was transported to the Shelby County jail for the felony offense. No law enforcement officers were injured during this incident.
This investigation is ongoing and no further details are available for release at this time, DPS said.
DPS officers and other law enforcement officers remained on the scene early Sunday afternoon at Melton's Car Center, 1313 Louisiana St. (Texas Hwy 7) where crime scene tape remained across the front of the lot with a trailer home in the rear where Antonio Aguilar was shot to death about 3:45 a.m. Sunday after exiting the residence and firing on officers surrounding the location.
Aguilar, from Center, was wanted on a felony warrant for attempted capital murder after he fired on a DPS trooper on Nov. 28. Officials issued a warrant for Aguilar with a $5 million bond.
Aguilar was described as a Hispanic male, five foot ten inches tall and weighing approximately 180 pounds. He has short brown hair and brown eyes.
Officials sought the public's help and a $7,500 reward was offered for information leading to Aguilar after he was placed on the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list late last week.
Officials said hindering the apprehension of Aguilar may be a felony offense.
The ordeal started at approximately 1:40 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, when a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper attempted to stop a Cadillac SUV on FM 699 for a traffic violation when the driver fled from law enforcement.
The felony suspect continued his flight onto County Road 3853, near Joaquin, where he briefly stopped and allowed his two passengers to get out of the Cadillac (they were detained by law enforcement and later released) before he continued evading.
After driving a short distance, the suspect stopped, backed into the DPS patrol vehicle causing substantial damage, prompting the Trooper to discharge his weapon. The suspect
then retrieved a rifle from his Cadillac and fired, striking the windshield of the marked DPS vehicle.
The Trooper was uninjured during this incident.
The silver Cadillac SUV Aguilar was driving had been recovered last week with officials saying Aguilar was considered armed and dangerous.
DPS said if anyone is found to be hindering the apprehension, harboring or concealing, providing or aiding with any means of avoiding arrest or effecting an escape, or warns Aguilar of impending discovery or apprehension, will be arrested and charged in accordance to Penal Code 38.05 Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution (F-3).