The Friendswood man accused of shooting his manager at a Dickinson auto shop Jan. 12 was no-billed in December 2015 in connection with the shooting death of a co-worker, according to Harris County District Clerk records.

Grand jurors declined to indict Joshua Allen Lee, 29, on Dec. 29, 2015, after an investigation into the fatal shooting that June of a 48-year-old man in the 17400 block of Saturn Lane in Houston, Houston police said.

The 48-year-old man, who is not identified in court records or available police reports, followed Lee after work, pulled his car along side Lee’s car at two different traffic lights and threatened Lee both times, according to a police statement issued in June 2015.

As Lee attempted to drive away from the confrontation, the man steered his own vehicle into Lee’s vehicle, struck and disabled it, according to the Houston police statement.

The man had gotten out of his vehicle and approached Lee’s when Lee shot him an undisclosed number of times with a pistol, according to the statement.

The case went before a Harris County grand jury and was no-billed, court records show. Court records indicate the case was referred to the grand jury as a shooting investigation without charges.

Lee was charged Jan. 12 with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is accused of shooting Michael Pavlas, 38, of Alvin, several times with a large-caliber handgun Friday during a dispute about Lee’s work hours being cut at Gay Family Auto, police said.

Jan. 12 is Michael Pavlas’ birthday, according to state driver records.

Michael Pavlas, a father of two, had been a manager at the body shop in the 3000 block of Interstate 45 for about two years, his wife, Heather Pavlas, said.

Lee told Dickinson police he didn’t remember shooting anyone, but remembered talking to Michael Pavlas about needing more work hours, according to a probable cause affidavit released Thursday.

“The defendant did say he feels like he may have shot someone but does not remember,” according to the affidavit.

After the shooting, Lee fled the dealership in his 2011 Chevy Malibu, Dickinson police Sgt. Tim Cromie said.

“He claimed he does not remember the pursuit after fleeing the building,” according to the affidavit.

A League City patrol officer spotted a car matching the description and a 3-mile chase ensued, ending in the Friendswood-Webster area, Cromie said.

The chase ended when Lee stopped the vehicle and tried to flee on foot, according to a probable cause affidavit in Harris County.

Police stopped him and took him into custody there, according to the affidavit.

Lee also is facing a charge of evading arrest in a motor vehicle in connection to the police chase, records show.

Police seized a .357-caliber Ruger revolver when they took Lee into custody, Cromie said.

Lee is being held in the Galveston County jail on $90,000 bond, jail records show.

Michael Pavlas is expected to survive the shooting, Heather Pavlas said.

Emergency responders transported Michael Pavlas to Clear Lake Regional Medical, where he underwent several surgeries over about seven hours, Heather Pavlas said.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com



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