GALVESTON — A man shot by a Galveston police captain after he allegedly drove the wrong way down the Gulf Freeway and later acted aggressively toward the officer has been charged in the incident.
Nelson Ray Anderle Jr., 33, has been charged with aggravated assault of a public servant.
He will be booked into the Galveston County Jail after he is released from the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he was being treated after being shot.
According to police, Galveston police Capt. Jeff Heyse was off duty in his personal vehicle when he heard radio chatter indicating a truck was driving north on the southbound side of the Gulf Freeway about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
Heyse, driving north on the same freeway, pulled parallel to the truck as it neared the Texas City Wye and fired several shots at the vehicle’s rear tire to disable it.
The driver of the truck pulled over after the tire was flattened, and both the driver and Heyse got out of their vehicles.
The driver, Heyse told Galveston County Sheriff’s deputies, then jumped over the concrete divider and charged the captain. Heyse fired once in the man’s stomach.
The man continued to be combative after first responders and officers arrived at the scene.
He had to be restrained before being transported to the medical branch, where he had surgery.